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Welcome Vanessa Vanessa Richmond, Editor
It only seems like five minutes ago that the summer holidays ended, but here we are on the home straight to Christmas already! The Christmas run-up can be hectic, so I’m looking forward to sharing the organisational burden this year (just one of the benefits of multigenerational living…). Pa Richmond will take care of untangling the fairy lights and sawing sticking-out branches off the tree with a bread knife. Ma is in charge of guest beds and bulk-buying essentials (we get through several tins of Quality Street before Advent even kicks in). I’ll sort out the meals, fill the drinks cabinet and stock the kids’ craft box with glitter and glue.
PHOTOGRAPH SIMON WHITMORE
Whatever your pre-Christmas ‘to do’ list, you’ll find loads of ideas and solutions in this issue – from new twists on your festive decorating style (mine is woodland, with lots of sparkle) to gifts and even a dancing Christmas tree, it’s pretty much got the lot!
54 30 123 What’s new 13 You deserve...
Real homes 36 ‘I dragged the décor
...To spoil yourself
out of the Eighties!’
14 How to add wow!
60 ‘It’s a mixture of all
Metallic buys we love
17 The shortlist
the looks we love’
84 ‘I made this small house
Eight Advent calendars
19 Ideal v great deal
seem bigger than it is’
108 ‘We modernised this
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Best gifts under £20 Best gifts under £100 Best gifts over £100
Christmas looks we love
123 40 easy style updates Clever tricks and smart buys
178 Save £5 and get a free vase with Bloomon
194 Beautiful possibilities Labelled with love
Before & after Style & décor
134 ‘It’s a great space to hang out in as a family’
Colours we love Shades of gold
138 ‘Our kitchen was
Weekend project Give a bedroom a glam-over
144 ‘We rejigged the room
Gifts by subscription 2016’s best tech gifts
One living room three ways Three key pieces, three looks
house – but not too much’
21 Need to know What’s hot this month
The new way to do Traditional red & green
so unwelcoming’ to gain a walk-in shower’
150 ‘We made our ugly bungalow beautiful’
97 Swipe FOR MORE
138 108 Simple solutions 118 Ideal Home offers 152 December’s genius problem solvers
155 How to win at Black Friday 157 Clean it quicker The Christmas table
To ﬁnd all the stockists in this issue, turn to page 192
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172 Serve up a festive showstopper
175 Weekend bake Winter spice cake
176 Decorate outdoors for Christmas
159 5 best dishwashers
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Simple pleasures 122 Ideal Home travel 164 Food with friends
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You deserve to spoil yourself
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH STYLING NICKY PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPH DOMINIC BLACKMORE
While you’re blitzing that Christmas shopping list this month, maybe one or two of these gorgeous (and oh-so stylish) scented goodies will ‘accidentally’ drop into your basket. Go on, nobody will know… until all that delicious fragrance starts to waft through the house, of course!
THIS PAGE Silver tray, £25, Sue Timney range, Marks & Spencer. From left: Small silver candle, £4, By Sainsbury’s. Large winter candle, £60, The White Company. Mini candle, £66 for ﬁve, Jo Malone. Rose and Oud room fragrance, £25, Floris London. Mini baubles and snowﬂakes, from a selection, The White Company. Holy basil candle, £29.50, Rituals. White pepper, honeysuckle and vetiver candle, £16, Rathbornes. Hygge diffuser, £35, Skandinavisk range, Amara
BE CANDLE SAFE
FIND MORE BRILLIANT GIFT IDEAS IN IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS
FULL-ON FABULOUS DECORATIVE FRAME Kalder distressed round gold mirror, £225, Libra
GO GLITTERY WITH A FESTIVE MESSAGE Merry Christmas garland, £22, Amara
FOR HOT TODDIES & COOL COCKTAILS Copper hammered Moscow Mule mug, £5, Tesco Direct
SOPHISTICATED CONTRAST Hammered lamp, £75, Debenhams
HOW TO ADD
wow! Go on, pick something you love – because every room needs a magic ingredient that takes it from finished to fabulous
A STAR BUY TO HANG UP ALL YEAR Glass star, £7, Marks & Spencer
BLACK & GOLD = INSTANT GLAMOUR Glitter bauble, £4.99, H&M
LINE A FEW UP TO MAKE AN IMPACT LED glass starry baubles, £12.50 each, Cox & Cox
GET ONE FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER Alphabet decoration, £3.50, Marks & Spencer
NOT JUST ANY CAFÉ CHAIR… Tolix copper café chair, £120 for two, My Furniture
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LUXE UP A SIMPLE SCHEME WITH COOL COPPER TOUCHES Izzy sofa, £1,440, Sofa.com. For a similar pendant, try the copper geometric, £69.95, Made With Love Designs. For a similar vase, try the large copper hexagonal, £23.50, MiaFleur
LOW COST BUT LUSH Metallic cushion, £5, George Home
STATEMENT LIGHT SHOW Gold leaf pendant, £80, Next
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
IT’S ALL IN THE DECO DETAIL Art Deco frame, £28, Linea range, House of Fraser
ADD A SPOT OF SPARKLE Standing glitter stag, £14, By Sainsbury’s MODERN TAKE ON A TRAD DESIGN Gold-edge lantern, £25, Next
GO FOR GOLD IN THE BEDROOM Lambeth metal bed, £379, Very
SUBTLE BUT STILL SPECIAL Bronze metallic cushion, £12, By Sainsbury’s FIND MORE SEASONAL SHOPPING IDEAS IN IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS
WHAT’S NEW THE
PICK A POCKET
Tilly linen Advent calendar, £42, Rowen & Wren
Advent calendar village, £9.95, Papermash
Display box, £135, Bloomingville range, Out There Interiors
8 Advent calendars DAILY FRAGRANCE
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
Spiced orange and red berry Advent candle, £26.50, Plum & Ashby
FOR THE STYLE SAVVY
Personalised Advent calendar, £32, Notonthehighstreet.com
MAKE YOUR OWN
Wooden houses Advent calendar, £40, John Lewis
Envelope Advent kit, £10.50, Cox & Cox
Advent calendar, £45, Ferm Living range, Connox
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Smarten up your table for the party season with shimmer-and-shine buys, whatever your budget
Savoy Champagne flute, £32 for two, LSA International
Silver rim optic Champagne flute, £10, Laura Ashley
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
Beaten metal cutlery set, £80, House of Fraser
MAX OUT THE BUDGET ON CUT GLASS
Lismore double old fashioned tumbler, £55, Waterford
CUTE DIMPLES ADD A LITTLE GOLD LEAF
…OR CHOOSE ICY GLITTER
Contour gold willow plate, £15, John Lewis
Christmas dinner plate, £3, Matalan
BRING HEIGHT TO YOUR TABLE
OPT FOR HIGH SHINE
Five-arm metal candelabra, £38, My Furniture
Silver metal candelabra, £19.99, HomeSense
UP THE GLITZ WITH PATTERN
KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SPARKLY
Silver glitter deco crackers, £30 for six, House of Fraser
Luxury silver crackers, £10 for six, By Sainsbury’s
KEEP IT ELEGANT WITH PLAIN LINENS
GROUND THE GLAMOUR WITH COTTON NAPKINS
Grey linen napkins, £25 for four, Kelly Hoppen
Heather grey basic napkins, £9.99 for four, Zara Home
Silver cutlery set, £32, Lorraine at Home range, Home Essentials
GET AN OPULENT LOOK FOR LESS
Glass tumbler, £3.99, HomeSense
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We’ve been shamelessly snooping around the shops, so you don’t miss a single thing that matters… Mexican food decorations, £12 for three, Paperchase
M&S is flat-packing gifts (and they’re pretty awesome!) M&S has found a way to send festive cheer, (Christmas cards aside, of course). It sells three flatpacked evergreen gifts that fit through the letterbox: there’s a Noel wreath decoration (right), a frosted foliage garland or a ready-todecorate mini tree, all at £25 each. Genius!
Wooden skull, £8 for three, Paperchase
Just when we thought we’d seen every way to decorate a Christmas tree many times over, Paperchase throws us a curveball. Each year they embrace the ‘alternative’, but this year they’ve gone way beyond with their Mexican burrito and cacti decorations. While not exactly traditional, they certainly embrace the fiesta spirit in a colourful but kooky way!
Ruby bed linen, £45 for double duvet and pillowcases, BHS
Brilliant or bonkers? THE SIX-PERSON CRACKER Talking Tables has reinvented the humble Christmas cracker by creating this group cracker, so no one will be left hanging on the day.
Glass cactus, £10 for three, Paperchase
BHS is back! We had been lamenting the loss of this high-street icon, so we’re happy to see it’s back online. It’s the same, but different: we’re pleased to see they’re concentrating on lighting (always a bestseller for BHS and an IH favourite), along with a strong collectiion of bed linen and a range g of gifts and hom meware mas for the Christm s season. We’re hoping they’ll continue to surprise us wit h the Bryant table gems we’d comee to lamp, expect from goo od old d £50, BHS BHS. One to wa atch!!
Star cracker, £12.50, Talking Tables
WE KEEP SEEING
Get some fuzzy Christmas feels
Trees with a twist
Matalan is collaborating with Alder Hey children’s hospital for the third year r unning, with 100% of profits from sales of its colourful Get Your Stripes collection going to the charity. The mug, £2, is a perfect Secret Santa gift, but we think the striped PJs, £10, have Boxing Day lounging written all over them!
DANCES ON THE SPOT Grand Tour 7ft snowy dancing tree, £195, John Lewis
Question: Is Amazon taking over the world? Seriously, there is now literally NOTHING you can’t buy from Amazon. In its bid to dominate online shopping, it has now launched a marketplace for artisan-made homeware – it’s the online equivalent of taking a round-theworld trip to rummage through craft markets. Find it at amazon. co.uk/handmade
OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK Ombre effect 6ft tree, £100, Next
STREAMS YOUR MUSIC Rockingham 6ft 6in musical Bluetooth tree, £148, B&Q
3 New pattern collabs we love
When these big brands and great designers hooked up, something beautiful happened… GRAHAM & BROWN X 2 LOVELY GAYS
SOFA.COM X BARNEBY GATES The wallpaper and fabric designers known for twists on the traditional are the latest to collaborate with Sofa.com in their Design Lab. We love the old-school glamour of the Palm Trellis in jewel velvets. From £60 for a cushion, Sofa.com.
ALTERNATIVE FLOORING X LIBERTY FABRICS The carpet company has used four signature Liberty Fabrics designs to create some of the striking floor -fillers in its Quirky B range. From £149 per m, Alternative Flooring
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING, HOLLY WALSH
The wallpaper brand is celebrating its 70th birthday by teaming up with this hot interior-design duo. Elements of archive papers have been used to create four modern print mashups. The Perry Rise collection, £50 per roll.
THE IDEAL HOME EDIT
Best gifts over £100 FANCY BLOWING THE BUDGET? MAKE THIS YEAR TRULY MEMORABLE FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST (OR JUST TREAT YOURSELF!) WITH AN INDULGENT FIND
PURE INDULGENCE Beauty Sleep hamper, £150, Harvey Nichols
COCKTAIL HOUR Brass Barbell barware set, £198, Jonathan Adler
PRETTY AND PRACTICAL Cast-iron round casserole dish in Mint, £145, Le Creuset range, John Lewis
BOXING-DAY WINNER Luxury-edition Scrabble, £250, Menkind
SOUND OF MUSIC RD-60 DAB radio in Fuchsia, £180, Roberts Radio range, House of Fraser
CHILD’S PLAY Sea Salt play kitchen, £190, Great Little Trading Co
SUPERSIZED CANDLE Une Nuit indoor-outdoor candle, £210, Diptyque range, Liberty
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
COOL ACCESSORY Plato desk lamp, £165, Pooky
SERIOUSLY CHIC Rebel decanter, £120, Waterford range, John Lewis
STAR BUY Sky-watcher Explorer telescope, £479, Royal Museums Greenwich
PERFECT FOR PAMPERING Ecru bathrobe, £120, The Linen Works
MAKE A STATEMENT Mirrored Constellation mirror, £375, Laura Ashley
WINTER WARMER Allover star throw, £140, Gant range, Amara
ON YOUR BIKE Somerby bike, £249, Pendleton range, Halfords
GOLDEN GLAMOUR Lips four-wheel cabin suitcase, £195, Lulu Guinness range, House of Fraser FIND MORE BRILLIANT GIFT IDEAS IN IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS
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LOVELY CUPPAS Send a friend three leaf teas complete with notes, instructions and bags to be filled From £10 for a three-month membership, London Tea Club
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PRETTY PAPERWORK Filled with themed cards, notebooks and other paper products, these monthly boxes are the perfect gift for a stationery fiend From £9.95 per month, Papergang
BAKING KITS Spur on a Bake-Off champ with a box full of the dry ingredients, recipes and tips they’ll need to make a new tasty treat each month The Baking Club box, £7.99 per month, BakedIn
PLANTS BY POST Be inspired by the cacti trend of 2016 and sign up a green-fingered friend or family member to the Plant Post Club. Each month they’ll receive a surprise package of mini cacti, plants or pretty pots From £24 for one month, Geo-fleur
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FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
HAND-PICKED WINES Know somebody who fancies themself as a bit of a wine buff? This one’s for them From £60 for a case of 12 wines every other month, Berry Bros & Rudd
ARTIST’S DELIGHT H Blyth & Co has hand-picked a box of art materials and supplies – perfect for filling budding creatives with flair and inspiration From £16 for one month, Art & Parcel
FIND MORE BRILLIANT GIFT IDEAS IN IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS
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2016 s best tech gifts THESE ARE THE GADGETS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS CHRISTMAS, PLUS A FEW THAT OUR TECH EDITOR JUST LOVES. PRE-ORDER NOW AND DON’T MISS OUT!
CUTTING IT FINE Veg out big time with this gadget, which whizzes up courgetti, or cucumber for a Thai salad, without endangering digits Spiralizer Express, £49.99, Morphy Richards
THE BIG APPLE Swoon! The 5.5in 7 Plus will survive a dunking and its pro camera takes cool ‘sharp subject/blurred background’ shots iPhone 7 Plus smartphone, from £719, Apple
FIT FASHION Fitbit’s new tracker loves to swim, and has lots of glam accessories to go with it Flex 2 fitness tracker, £79.99; with rose-gold bangle, £79.99; both Fitbit
DING-DONG! See who’s at the door – and talk to them – via an app on your phone. At work? Tell the postie to leave that parcel next door Ring video doorbell, £159, Currys
MIXED EMOTIONS Bring joy to mornings with this power blender that’s ace at smoothies. Add a Bottle To Go (£30) for takeaway drinks BFL01 blender, £150, Smeg
HAVE A BLAST It’s hardly a snip, but we love how quiet and compact it is, not to mention how silky smooth our locks feel afterwards Supersonic hairdryer, £300, Dyson
EASY LISTENING We’re blown away by the sound this simple and stylish Bluetooth speaker produces. Pair two together for multiroom music One Style speaker, £140, Libratone
FEATURE AMY CUTMORE
edit LUXURY LAPTOP Light as a feather, powerful, beautifully designed and with a standout screen, it’s the gold standard of portable PCs Spectre 13in laptop, from £1,149, HP
GOOD LISTENER Ask, and virtual assistant Alexa will give weather updates, stream a Spotify playlist, order pizza or even turn off the lights Echo smart speaker, £150, Amazon.co.uk
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! The king of action cams is now waterproof without a case and has voice controls – just say ‘GoPro, shoot video’ to start filming Go Pro Hero 5 action cam, £350, Halfords
ONE TO WATCH Want a budget tablet for bedtime box-set binges? It’s hard to knock the Fire’s long battery life, cheery colours and price tag Fire HD 8 tablet, £89.99, Amazon.co.uk
WIRELESS FOR SOUND Hear only the good stuff with these best-in-class noise cancellers, which will last at least 20 hours between charges QC35 wireless headphones, £290, Bose
INSTANT WINNER Our favourite instamatic camera has a mode for every eventuality, including Party & People, Sport & Action and Macro Sofort instant camera, £215, Leica
GAME CHANGER Plug this virtual-reality headset into a PS4 or the new PS4 Pro console, strap it on and be transported to another world Playstation VR headset, £349, Sony
HEAR THE DIFFERENCE Unlike most phones, this portable music player supports hi-res audio files for an awesome on-the-go listening experience AK70 music player, £499, Astell & Kern
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‘I dragged the décor out of the Eighties!’ Anne-Claire Ruel stripped her period home of its orange pine and overwhelming colour schemes to give it a modern shabby-chic look that enhances the property’s natural assets
ANNE-CLAIRE’S STYLE? Turn to page 45 to shop the look
Living room ‘The rooms were painted yellow, which wasn’t to my taste at all,’ says Anne-Claire. In this space, her palette was designed to offset the dark marble fireplace. ‘Original details are what make old houses interesting,’ she says, ‘but I didn’t like the fireplace at first. I much prefer it now with the pale green paintwork.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Croisette chair, £406, Smallable. For a similar rug, try the Athena, from £75, The Rug Seller. For a similar table, try the Fergie, £279, Swoon Editions
THE wow MOMENT A cluster of pillar candles keeps the fireplace as the room’s focus, even when it’s not in use
Welcome to my home Anne-Claire Ruel lives here with her husband Nicolas and their children Anton, five, Scarlett, three, and Albertine, four months. Anne-Claire is a stylist and Nicolas is a sales manager.
THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, 1900s house in a village near Lyon, France.
chose this house for “itsWe light and openness, but not its décor! The rooms were painted yellow, with varnished pine floors, and had no charm at all
SIMPLE DISPLAY Anne-Claire prefers natural foliage to fussy bouquets
HOW TO DO
Shabby chic START WITH A WHITE BACKDROP Let heritage pieces and one-off finds sing by keeping the walls fresh and neutral. It’ll maximise light and take the overall effect from calm to cluttered, too.
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CHOOSE TRADITIONAL FURNITURE STYLES This look isn’t aggressively modern – stick to wooden pieces and farmhouse-style finds.
GO FOR SIMPLE FABRICS AND SCUFFED FINISHES The naturally distressed nature of linen, jute and chalk paint will all help to pull off that effortless, undone look.
BEDROOM LIVING ROOM
THE wow MOMENT A garden shelf stood on a console becomes a display unit when both are painted the same soft green
Living room This space mixes elegant furniture with more informal pieces, such as the couple’s slouchy, linen-covered sofa. ‘My style is eclectic and I like to mix vintage pieces with luxe designer ones,’ says Anne-Claire. ‘But I also wanted the house to feel like a family home.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sofa, try the Flopster Cloud Blue linen, £1,545, Loaf. For a similar chalk paint, try the Duck Egg Blue, £18.95 for 1ltr, Annie Sloan. For a similar cushion, try the Parra, £58, Anthropologie
Dining area Scuffed, well-used furniture is mixed with iconic Eiffel chairs and a designer lampshade. ‘Most of our furniture is rustic, which I like,’ says Anne-Claire. ‘It’s easy with three children, so it suits our lifestyle, too.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar pendant light, try the feather shade, from £84, Sweetpea & Willow. For a similar cabinet, try a selection, Home Barn
THE wow MOMENT The blue-painted cabinet serves as a low-level divider between the living and dining areas
Kitchen The old shabby Formica units were changed for Shaker-style ones in natural wood. ‘I can repaint them any time to change the mood,’ says Anne-Claire. The kitchen worktops, which are made from cement tiles, and the metal-framed glass cabinet that encloses the extractor ducting, give the kitchen an industrial edge.
THE wow MOMENT In a simple country kitchen, an elaborate vintage chandelier gives an unexpected hit of glamour
BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar kitchen, try the Pickwick in After Midnight, from £235 for a W600mm base unit, The Shaker Kitchen Company. For similar floor tiles, try the Encaustic, £225 per sq m, Fired Earth. For a similar chandelier, try the Stately Empire, from £415, Sweetpea & Willow. For a similar stool, try the Moroccan, £39, Rockett St George
Landing Having white on all the walls means this space can take a big hit of black. Anne-Claire painted the floor, stairs and halfway up the stairway wall to emphasise the original decorative cast-iron bannister and hand rail. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar paint, try the Railings Floor Paint, £59 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar stool, try the teak wooden stool, £79, Cuckooland.com
Albertine and Scarlett’s room ‘I like to mix children’s furniture and toys with more decorative items,’ says Anne-Claire. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar cot, try the Combelle, £101, Smallable. For a similar rug, try the Ludde, £30, Ikea. For a similar star light, try the Carnival, £24, Abode
Bathroom Anne-Claire revived her claw-foot bath with a coat of matt pastel-pink paint. With an oversized vintage mirror and candelabra, it brings a sense of grandeur to this basic white-painted room. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar paint, try the Middleton Pink Dead Flat, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar candelabra, try the ornate black flower, £45, Rockett St George
ANTON’S ROOM A patterned wallpaper stops this room looking too plain or cold
WHAT I LEARNED
I had a lot of ideas “at the beginning, but I realised I’d have to give up some of them because this house just isn’t big enough for all of my dreams!
furnishings aren’t just “ Soft for decoration – they can turn a room into a cocoon ”
THE wow MOMENT An old Rococo-style frame gets a modern update with a designer light bulb suspended from textile cable
Main bedroom Soft washed linens keep the mood low-key in the bedroom, which is a simple all-white space with vintage finds as focal points. ‘I really wanted this room to feel calm and relaxing,’ says Anne-Claire. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar mirror frame, try a selection, Etsy. For similar bed linen, try the linen double duvet cover in Mediterranean Blue, £175, The Conran Shop DECEMBER 2016
ANNE-CLAIRE’S STYLE RULES
‘It’s important to be inspired, but more so to be true to yourself ’
‘It’s the unique touches that reveal our personality’
Light and openness are both essential. The first thing we did was to knock down a partition wall between the two reception rooms to form a large open space. We put in French windows out to the terrace and painted all the walls and some floors in the house white. We particularly like white-painted wood for the light it adds to a room. It’s all about atmosphere. I like using candles and fairy lights to create a warm atmosphere and a comforting mood. Also, soft furnishings aren’t just for decoration – they can turn a room into a cocoon, which feels psychologically reassuring. Rugs instantly make any space feel warmer and curtains add a sense of comfort and finish off the look.
‘All of the objects in this house have a story’
A room always starts with one thing. It might be a colour, a wallpaper print, a fabric, a lamp – it depends what I find, but all of the objects in this house have a story. They are things that I’ve either inherited or trawled markets for, and while I like them, I’m not afraid to sell a belonging and replace it with something else. I don’t become attached to things, even though I like them very much when they’re in my home. Everything is carefully chosen. I would rather leave a space empty until I can find exactly what I’m
looking for, because it has to be a perfect fit. Even as a child, I liked moving furniture around my room to make the space work. Nicolas has ideas, too, but we’re not always on the same wavelength, so we have to negotiate! It’s important to be inspired, but more important to be true to yourself. We all have different tastes and live in different ways, so you have to listen to yourself when you’re decorating your home. It’s the unique touches that reveal the personality of those living inside the house – my parents taught me that. They were very interested in décor and my childhood home was full of very personal touches.
‘I like using candles and fairy lights to create a comforting mood’
FEATURE KATRINA HARPER-LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHS BASSET IMAGES PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
e bought this house in the countryside just outside of Lyon. We love calm village life, and now we’ve transformed the property into a relaxing home.
Make it work for you ANNE-CLAIRE’S STYLE: MODERN ROMANCE MY GO-TO STORES… O
Make a simple white scheme special with hints of green, soft textures and plenty of shimmer ‘I like to mix antique and ethnic pieces with more designer ones for an eclectic look,’ says Anne-Claire
‘It sells bohemianstyle furniture and cool lighting.’ O
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SOFTEN UP A SCHEME Eos standard pendant, £94, Vita range, Heal’s
‘Full of beautiful crockery and porcelain bowls.’ O
‘Fresh, bold designs and great for new trends.’ O
‘I love its outsized light bulbs.’ ADD SPARKLE FOR A CROWNING TOUCH Tealight holder, £15 for two, Marks & Spencer
GO GREEN Faux eucalyptus sprays, £25 for three stems; recycled demi john vase, £35; all Cox & Cox
BEAUTILITY AT ITS BEST Copper storage baskets, £34 for two, AtNo67
UNIQUE PIECE Croisette armchair in Sea Green, £406, Honoré range, Smallable
DAINTY PRINT Windmill cushion cover, £35, Holly’s House
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING PHOTOGRAPHS BASSET IMAGES
VINTAGE INSPIRED Baby bird decoration, £3.99, Rockett St George
STYLIST’S NOTE Pale aqua, teal and eau de nil really pop against crisp white – avoid a too-cool look by adding hints of copper and wood
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STYLE & DÉCOR
COLOURS WE LOVE
Shades of gold NOT JUST A CHRISTMAS COLOUR, GOLD CAN BE USED LIKE ANY WARM NEUTRAL (THINK TAUPE, OATMEAL, MOCHA) TO GIVE YOUR LIVING SPACES DEPTH AND SMOOTH SOPHISTICATION…
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THIS PAGE Manhattan geo bowl, £22, Curious Egg. Antique glass vase, £21, Wedding of My Dreams range, Notonthehighstreet.com. Dimpled tealight holder, £7.50; ribbed bauble, £4; harlequin bauble, £4; all The Contemporary Home. Pineapple baubles, £5 each, Marks & Spencer. Antique gold glitter bauble, £4.20, Gisela Graham. Rose gold bauble, from a selection, George Home. Kite bauble, £2.50; gold feather, £2.50 for three; both By Sainsbury’s. Snowflake, £5.99 for six, Dobbies Garden Centres. Faux hydrangea head, from £1.99, Hobbycraft; sprayed with gold paint, from a selection, Paperchase
Stylist’s note Don’t be afraid to mix gold tones – yellow, bronze, rose gold and gilver (gold in some lights, silver in others) layer beautifully
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
THIS PAGE Jaipur Antique Plain 311736 wallpaper, £59 per roll, Zoffany range, Wallpaperdirect. Edge rug, £680, Woven. Umberto Brass sideboard, £1,150, Graham and Green. ON/ABOVE SIDEBOARD Aisha bowl, £49.50, Parlane International. Giftwrap, ribbon and card, from a selection, Marks & Spencer. Gold wired ribbon, from a selection, Jane Means. Kennington lantern vase, from £23, Neptune. LED micro lights, £9.99, Lights4fun. Tray, £34, MiaFleur. Sentiment tealight holder, £8.99, Gisela Graham. Doily plate, from £8.95, Parlane International. Saucer crackers, £7 for eight, Talking Tables. Aspen vase, £53, Out There Interiors. LED lights, as before. Wild Wood limited-edition print, £75, Bold & Noble. Fiskbo frame, £2, Ikea. Victor Brass light, £69; Solaris shade, from £39.95; both Graham and Green. Noble fir 24in wreath with LED lights, £99, Balsam Hill. ON WREATH Birds, £2 each, George Home. Pineapple baubles, £5 each, Marks & Spencer. Apple and pear baubles, from a selection, Wyevale Garden Centres
STYLE & DÉCOR THIS PAGE Alchemy wallpaper, £78 per roll, Osborne & Little. True Velvet Sushi carpet, £59.99 per sq m, Brintons. Fire surround, £2,130, Chesney’s. Dexter sofa, £1,549, Multiyork. Iggy armchair, £780, Sofa.com. Ella U table, £395, Graham and Green. Gatsby console, £339; mirror, £269; both Atkin and Thyme. Curtain made in Ulla Gold, £59 per m, Voyage Decoration. 7ft Vancouver Spruce pre-lit tree, £349, Balsam Hill. For decorations and giftwrap, see overleaf. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: made in Theon, £57.50 per m; Escama, £61 per m; both Voyage Decoration; silver jacquard sham, £35; gold, £45; both House of Fraser. ON TABLE Tealight holder, as previous page. Tray, £35, Marks & Spencer. Glasses, £3.50 each, George Home. Lotus tealight holder, £6.95; jar tree, £39.50; both Parlane International. Lights, £9.99, Lights4fun. ON CONSOLE Bauble lights, £29.50, Marks & Spencer. Vase, from £21, Neptune. Candle, £9, The Contemporary Home. ON MANTEL Garland, £89, Balsam Hill. Baubles, from a selection, Marks & Spencer. Snowflakes, £5.99 for six, Dobbies Garden Centres. Snowglobe, £30; trees, £3; stag, £14; all By Sainsbury’s. Tealight holders, as before; forest tealight holders, £4 each; all The Contemporary Home
STATEMENT DECS We sprayed dried hydrangea heads with gold paint to add wow to the tree
Easy-going glamour Use gold on the walls in your living room and it’ll feel warm and cosy but super-chic at the same time. Cool it off with creamy-white woodwork and pearl-grey flooring and upholstery, then add a soft pink accent to bring it to life (bolder colours will look garish)
Stylist’s note Gold wallpaper will make a big room cosier, but it’s great for a small space, too – its reflective sheen boosts the feeling of light and space
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
DARK WOOD Black finishes give a smarter look with gold
FEATURE CAROL WORTLEY-BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE
THIS PAGE Lomasi wallpaper, £65 per roll, Romo. CLM1405 flooring, £18.49 per sq m, Quick-Step. Ember rug, £690, Woven. Curtain made in Ulla Gold, £59 per m, Voyage Decoration. Wardley table, from £1,000; Calverston chairs in Isla Ermine cotton velvet, £260 each; all Neptune. Tree, £199, Balsam Hill. Stirling trolley, £299, Atkin and Thyme. Fireplace, £810, Chesney’s. ON TABLE Tablecloth, £135; napkins, £7.50 each; all The Linen Works. Top cloth made in Celestial Dragon F6536-03, £141 per m, Matthew Williamson range, Osborne & Little. ON CHAIR BACKS Glitter snowflakes, £5.99 for six, Dobbies Garden Centres. Glass-blown birds, £4 each, By Sainsbury’s. ON/BENEATH TREE Lights, from a selection, Lights4fun. Decorations, giftwrap and ribbon, from a selection, By Sainsbury’s, George Home, Gisela Graham, Jane Means, Marks & Spencer, Paperchase and Wyevale Garden Centres. ON/NEAR MANTEL Christmas tree tealight holder, £24.99, Dobbies Garden Centres. Glass votives with domes, from £10.95 each, Parlane International. Stork tealight holder, £29.50, Marks & Spencer. Baba jug, £55, Curious Egg. Noble fir 6.5in garland, £79, Balsam Hill. 50 LED micro lights, £9.99, Lights4fun. Gold glass ribbed Ogee LED lights, £36.99, Gisela Graham. Ostravia elegant swan clips, £7.50 each, John Lewis. Beaded snowflakes, £1 each, George Home. Feathers, £2.49 each, Wyevale Garden Centres. Olivia mirror, £275, Graham and Green. NEAR FIREPLACE Fire basket, £570; fire dogs, £390 for two; tools, £390; all Chesney’s. ON DRINKS TROLLEY Dillie Champagne saucers, £38 for four, Rowen & Wren. Bloomingdale Deco tray, £135, Out There Interiors. Plates, from a selection, Argos
STYLE & DÉCOR
Easy ways to take gold to the max Clockwise from top left: use fusewire to attach gold baubles to a pre-lit wreath; mix supersize gold, white and rose pink decs for a super-luxe Christmas tree; set a shimmering table with gold linen, cutlery and candleholders; roll out the glamour with a beautiful Thirties-style drinks trolley.
WATCH MORE ONLINE HALL All products, as before. TREE Masks, £1 each, George Home. All other decorations, giftwrap and ribbon, from a selection, By Sainsbury’s, The Contemporary Home, George Home, Gisela Graham, Hobbycraft, House of Fraser, Jane Means, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Paperchase. DINING TABLE Golden Edge tableware, from £9.99 for a dessert plate, Zara Home. Cutlery, £95 for a 24-piece set; glasses, £34 for four; all MiaFleur. Pineapple napkin rings, £20, House of Fraser. Placemats, £35 for six; Aurora wine glasses, £40 for two; leather-handled ice bucket, £84.95; all John Lewis. Star tealight holders, £5 each, The Contemporary Home. Saucer cracker, £7 for eight; star scatter, £3.50; all Talking Tables. DRINKS TROLLEY Round brass and marble drinks trolley, £325, MiaFleur. Doily bowl, £7.95, Parlane International. Gold confetti Champagne flutes, £3.99 each, Dobbies Garden Centres. Glass vase with brass band, £48, Out There Interiors. Ice bucket, as before. Marble and gold placemat, £45 for two, House of Fraser. Dillie Champagne saucers, £38 for four, Rowen & Wren. Christmas cake, £10; Champagne, from a selection; both Marks & Spencer
STYLE & DÉCOR
Make it work for you GOLD: JUST ADD AN ACCENT Because your home can never have too much golden glamour, whatever the time of year. How very decadent! Layer up gold on gold for a luxe feel – just stick to clean, modern shapes to keep the look unfussy
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
WHERE TO BUY 1. MIRROR Small pebble mirror, £38, Oliver Bonas 2. WINE GLASSES Gold wine glasses, £24 for four, Next
5. LAMP Moira table lamp, £200, Där Lighting 6. ICE BUCKET Ice bucket, £35, Debenhams
7. CUTLERY 3. PHOTO FRAME Gold cutlery set, £19.99, Starburst frame, £25, House of Fraser HomeSense 4. CHAIR Barbara bronze chair, £628, Sweetpea & Willow
8. TUMBLERS Deco tumblers, £50 for eight, LSA International
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Give a bedroom a glam-over BRING A LITTLE HOTEL CHIC TO YOUR ROOM WITH THESE EASY, SPEEDY BUYS AND STYLE IDEAS
Go for the border
Wall-mount a headboard
Choose crisp white bed linen with a neutral-coloured border Herringbone bed linen, from £50 for a duvet cover and two pillowcases, Next
Frame your bed with upholstered headboard panels – we positioned two side by side to reach beyond the width of the bed, creating a luxe, over-the-top style statement Hotel headboard panels, £125 each, Next
5 Bolster the cushions
WHERE TO BUY Mink textured vinyl wallpaper, £25 per roll; for similar curtains, try the soft velour in Light Natural, from £75 per pair; all Next. Bouclé Neutrals carpet in Fitzrovia Silk, £30 per sq m, Cormar Carpets. Chenille rug, £89.99, Hotel Rome range, Dunelm. Malone stone chest of drawers, £249; Malone bedside table, £149; both Dwell. Espevär mattress base, £185, Ikea. Le Cocktail chair, £425, Oliver Bonas. ON BED Oxford pillowcases, £8 for two, Next. Metallic bark cushions, £25 each, John Lewis. Throws, from top: Linear stripe, from £80, Croft Collection range, John Lewis; Gurli, £5.50, Ikea; Nizami, £175, Fable range, House of Fraser. Towels, from £4 each, George Home. ON/ABOVE CHEST OF DRAWERS Cylinder vase, £40, John Lewis. Amalfi candle, £10; lamp, £60; both Next. Photo frame, from £7.99; floral boxed canvas print, £39.99; both Hotel range, Dunelm. ON BEDSIDE TABLES For a similar cup and saucer, try the Ancona, £25 for two, Ted Baker range, Amara. For a similar tealight holder, try the mercury antiqued glass, £6.95, Graham and Green
FEATURE AND STYLING SARITA SHARMA PHOTOGRAPH DOMINIC BLACKMORE
Prop up your pillows, then build layers of cushions that reduce in size (with the smallest at the front), finishing with a tactile bolster for the ultimate hotel-style finish Bolster cushions, £14.99 each, Dunelm
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3 Think big with a chandelier Go glam like you mean it by switching a basic pendant for one that’s big and beautiful – and no, it doesn’t have to be expensive… Stockholm chandelier, £85, Ikea
Your shopping list Headboards............£250 Bed linen...................£50 Chandelier................£85 Lamps..................£99.98 Bolsters...............£29.98
Add a pair of statement lamps
This look is all about symmetry. Stage big, simple bedside lights to flank your bed perfectly Aldelphi table lamps, £49.99 each, Dunelm
6 Swap in sexier legs If your divan sits flush with the floor, or if its feet are a little frumpy, swap in some glamorous gold-tipped legs instead Estelle 170 bed legs, from £48 for four, Pretty Pegs
‘Your home should be an extension of you’ Holly Tucker, co-founder of the site Notonthehigh street.com, believes decorating is about finding your own style, rather than following trends
Holly is a fan of white walls and a mix of eclectic accessories Soho reusable wallpaper Christmas tree, £75, Treekandi range, Notonthehighstreet.com
Holly created Noton thehighstreet.com to help small businesses find new customers
ore than 10 years ago, Holly Tucker teamed up with her friend Sophie Cornish to create online marketplace Notonthehighstreet. com. Enabling small businesses around the UK to sell unique homeware and accessories on one site, it became a huge success and earned Holly an MBE. She now serves as a board member and lives in St Margarets, Middlesex, with her partner, Frank, their son, Harry, and their border terrier, Mr Mudley. I’m constantly inspired by small businesses. I’ve dedicated my life to supporting the most creative businesses out there. Being able to watch what they produce is an honour. From the boutiques crammed into village lanes to the start-ups with popular Instagram profiles, independent businesses are at the cutting edge of what’s new.
Shopping for my home is my therapy. I believe that your home is an extension of you,
Holly visited Barcelona recently and loved the city’s independent shops
Ideal for small parcels Christmas tree shelf set, £40, Berylune range, Notonthehighstreet.com
‘This is one of my go-to gifts for chocolate lovers,’ says Holly Chocolate cheeseboard, £30, Choc on Choc range, Notonthehighstreet.com
STYLE HERO ‘I’m a huge fan of Katharine Morling’s ceramics,’ says Holly Butterfly cabinet, £3,500, Katharine Morling
‘I regularly ﬁll my home with treasures from Petersham Nurseries,’ says Holly
your dreams and your spirit. You should be able to get to know someone very well just by walking around their home. Every wall in my house is white. When we moved in six years ago, we painted every wall white in less than 48 hours. I introduce colour through accessories. I can’t seem to get enough of artwork featuring animals, so the first thing I bought for the house was a fibreglass pig sculpture called ‘Pigs’ by the artist Finn Stone.
This bracelet by Lily Belle was the first product sold on Notonthehighstreet.com when it launched in 2005 ‘St Margarets is a wonderful place with a village feel,’ says Holly
Made of embossed zinc leaves and brass acorns Shelby oak leaf wreath, £42, Rowen & Wren range, Notonthehighstreet.com
My favourite room is my bedroom. It’s a place where I can shut the world out after a busy day and take a few deep breaths. I have a beautiful dressing table full of jewellery and treasure boxes displayed like art. Some pieces are more valuable than others, some are hand-made by my son, but each one symbolises a different story. I look at them and am instantly transported back to that moment. These memories are priceless to me.
‘My favourite part of Christmas Day is drinking wine and eating cheese in the evening,’ says Holly Decanter, £20, Copper and Sable range, Notonthehighstreet.com
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
with creative people “hasWorking influenced my style. I always push things further now – for instance, why would a kitchen island be normal? Why don’t I engrave the light switches? It’s pretty exhausting, but so much fun!
I still wake up at dawn on Christmas morning. We all get up early to discover what gifts Father Christmas has left for us, then the rest of the day is spent eating, napping and walking. Two years ago, my brother-in-law introduced us to the ‘11am Christmas Morning G&T’ tradition and, I have to say, it’s definitely a keeper!
FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI PHOTOGRAPHS ALAMY/KEVIN FOY/ MICK SINCLAIR, EMILIE FJOLA SANDY, STEPHANIE WOLFF
I never make considered decisions when redecorating. Every time I’ve done revamps, they’ve happened to coincide with huge projects going on at Notonthehighstreet.com, so they’ve taken a backseat to work. In fact, we’ve just embarked on a big renovation of the house and I’ll be launching my new venture, Holly & Co, in January, halfway through the building works. I'll never learn!
‘It’s a mixture of all the looks we love’ When they moved into this country cottage, the Warings brought their treasured mid-century-style pieces with them and created a rustic-retro mashup that totally works
HANNAH’S STYLE? BE CANDLE SAFE
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COUNTRY CLASSIC Simple rustic pieces, such as this vintage food safe, help to balance out all the mid-century design
COWHIDE RUG The perfect blend of ‘country’ and ‘contemporary cool’
Keep it calm with plain white walls The key to mixing periods and styles is to offset the busyness they create. ‘Our mid-century furniture works well in the living room because the neutral backdrop helps to showcase the special pieces we’ve collected over the years,’ says Hannah. BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Great White Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar rug, try the cowhide 8689 (1.78m x 1.72m), £290, Cowhiderugslondon.co.uk
Welcome to my home
THE PROPERTY A Georgian cottage in Brassington, Derbyshire.
Hannah Waring lives here with her husband Nick and their daughters Delilah, nine, Daphne, seven and Iris, five. Hannah designs clothes for children and Nick runs a media company
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Bought for £245,000 in 2006; now worth £425,000.
Just because we live in the country, doesn’t mean we had to have completely rustic décor
annah Waring and her husband Nick bought their cottage 10 years ago, when looking for a family home outside London. The property is made up of two one-up one-down worker’s cottages knocked together, and the couple saw its potential immediately. ‘We wanted to create a light-filled home that felt lived in,’ says Hannah. They went for a top-to-bottom renovation, rejigging the ground floor by moving the kitchen and turning two small rooms into one big living zone. They also added an extension to the kitchen-diner and another to the first floor, creating an en suite. The new kitchen-diner was fitted with a window seat, plus built-in cupboards to maximise space. It’s now the area Hannah uses as her office – she set up her children’s clothing business, Busy Little Things (busylittlethings.co.uk), at the kitchen table. Next, Hannah began working out how to incorporate the family’s large collection of mid-century-style buys. She started by painting all the walls white. ‘It gave us scope to add colour and texture to the rooms,’ she says. The couple also added classic pieces of furniture that were sympathetic to the look of the cottage, as well as in harmony with their retro things. ‘Everything in our previous flat was mid-century retro, but that trend looks better in smaller doses in the cottage,’ says Hannah. ‘So, when I bought the mesh-front food safe in the living room, it inspired me to add more country-style pieces.’ The living room is the space that will get the most use over Christmas, as the family love to gather around the new wood burner. ‘We discovered the fireplace hidden behind plasterboard,’ says Hannah. ‘I’m looking forward to opening presents in front of it this year.’
Vintage luggage Practical storage that gives any room – in any style – lots of timeworn character
Let treasured pieces do the talking Hannah’s strategy is to ban pattern and colour on the walls. ‘We’ve collected lots of retro pieces over the years, and white walls mean that every accessory and piece of furniture is shown off in its full glory,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar ﬂooring, try the Castile Heavy Tumble, from £40 per sq m, Flagstones Direct. For a similar stool, try the patchwork, £48.99, Techstyle range, Wayfair. For similar suitcases, try a selection, Scaramanga
Choose well-worn, weathered things
EXPOSED BEAM The Warings stripped the beams to highlight the cottage’s period credentials
STONE FLOORING The natural texture perfectly complements the weathered finishes of old furniture
Hannah’s vintage mid-century and country pieces – such as the old oak kitchen table and chapel chairs – share a well-loved look that gives her home a relaxed and easygoing feel, which is ideal for busy family spaces. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar table, try the Balmoral Honey, £1,100, Laura Ashley. For similar church-style chairs, try a selection, UK Architectural Antiques
Shaker kitchens Handsome, timeless and simple enough to work in any type of home
Put collections to good use Instead of keeping her mismatched vintage tins and kitchenware in a display cabinet, Hannah puts them to work in the kitchen. They’re great for bringing welcome colour and a cosy, nostalgic feel to the monochrome room.
BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar kitchen, try the Eton Cream, from £2,070, Magnet. For similar worktops, try the Nero Impala, from £137 per linear m, Granite Viking. For a similar sink, try the Belfast, from £205, Astini range, Taps UK. For similar vintage tins, try a selection, Scaramanga
PAN RACK A country classic in contemporary chrome
FLOATING SHELVES Won’t crowd a small space like cupboards can
Stick to the timeless classics Designs that span centuries will link pieces from diﬀerent eras. In the bathroom, Nick and Hannah opted for a classic roll-top bath, traditional radiator and metro tiles teamed with basic, modern ﬂoor tiles and shelving. BUY THE KEY PIECES Cambridge bath with resin feet, £599, Bathstore. Retro Metro tiles in Lime House, £74.98 per sq m, Fired Earth. For a similar printer’s tray, try a selection, Etsy
METAL BEDSTEAD Old-style iron beds are now made in lightweight steel
DISPLAY CASE An old printer’s tray is great for showing off small treasures
I love funky fabrics, “ retro patterns and gorgeous mid-century colours, such as orange, grey and green
Let your favourite finds inspire you The neutral colours in the main bedroom were taken from the metal bedstead and vintage black and white photograph above it. ‘From there we added characterful wooden furniture, with accessories in cool stone tones, so it felt modern but rustic,’ says Hannah. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bed, try the Solomon, £229, The Original Bedstead Co. For a similar blanket box, try a selection, Victorian Pine
FAIRY LIGHTS Super pretty, and doubles as a night-light, too
Add modern textiles Vintage furniture also looks great in kids’ rooms (and it’s often better quality than new). Keep it up to date with bed linen in contemporary prints, colourful storage buckets and a funky, ﬂuﬀy rug. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bed, try the Harvey, £175, Tesco Direct. For a similar bookcase, try the Jennifer, £475, Oliver Bonas. Hampen rug, £10, Ikea. Vilma quilt, £160, FineNordic. For similar fairy lights, try the lights, £22.99, MiniSun range; for similar crates, try the rustic crates, £22.99 each; all Wayfair CRATE IDEA Upcycle old crates to make wall-mounted box shelves. Paint the insides white so that colourful items pop
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WHAT I LEARNED
Make it work for you HANNAH’S STYLE: RETRO RUSTIC Go traditional-with-a-twist by combining classic pieces with quirky, colourful finds
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MY GO-TO STORES... OIkea ‘Great for “filler” bits like bathroom accessories.’
‘Our aim was to create a light-filled, spacious home that felt lived-in,’ says Hannah
OOdeon Antiques ‘This shop in Leek sells industrial and mid-century buys.’
KEEP IT COSY Country 4 stove, £822, Charnwood
OScion ‘Lovely colourful retro-look fabrics.’
GREAT FOR FESTIVE FOLIAGE Christmas red stars enameleffect jug, £12, Creative Tops
‘It has really great customer service and I love the sofa we bought there.’
STORAGE WITH CHARACTER Baryton trunks, £180 for two, Maisons du Monde
LOOKS GREAT ON STONE FLOORING Brown and white cowhide, £195, The French Bedroom Company
POP ON THE MANTEL Honeycomb Christmas trees, from £10 each, The Conran Shop
FAMILY FRIENDLY UPHOLSTERY Holly sofa in Cuckoo recycled wool, £1,410, Sofa.com
JOLLY HOLIDAYS Pug Christmas hanging decoration, £5.50, Rigby & Mac
STYLIST’S NOTE Warm neutral backdrops and lots of natural textures will stop this eclectic style from becoming too mixed up
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Traditional red & green The original seasonal look is being shaken up this year with sumptuous texture and quirky details mixed in with the classic colour palette and nostalgic Christmas prints Add a touch of black Red just shouts ‘Christmas’ but the latest way to use it is against inky black for a contemporary vibe. Team dramatic black tableware with robin-red napkins and throw in a little cut glass and crystal to lighten the look. WHERE TO BUY Tumblers, £4.50 each, Amara. For similar pendants, try the Brooklyn vintage, £69 each, Industville
STYLIST’S NOTE Ditch the tired Santa and reindeer patterns for graphic shapes or fun motifs that stand out from the crowd
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Choose full-on Victoriana The newest look for baubles is lifted straight from the 19th century: think aged-effect glass, vintage trinkets and more than a hint of taxidermy! The trick is to mix up materials and include a few unexpected touches. WHERE TO BUY Tree decorations, from £4 each, Ruskin House range, John Lewis
Plump for plaid Swap your go-to decorations for tartan versions, like this wreath made from fabric offcuts – ideal for a traditional look. WHERE TO BUY Royal Stewart fabric, £6.99 per m, Dunelm
Give it an Alpine twist Update a classic silver and berry-red colour combo with cosy ‘ski-lodge’ accessories like tactile knits, raw-wood furniture and plenty of faux fur. WHERE TO BUY Faux-fur throw, £30; faux-fur cushion, £7; both George Home
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Switch up your guest linen Make visitors feel welcome with a few festive touches in their room. Swap neutral bedding for an unashamedly trad print but add in decadent details like sequins and velvet to keep it current. WHERE TO BUY Eden print and embroidery double bed linen set, £49.50, Marks & Spencer
STYLIST’S NOTE A hit of drama can give tradition a twist – try jewel tones, tactile textures and sleek gold accessories
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NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
Go Scandi with a cable knit No Christmas is complete without stockings, but for a new-Nordic edge, stick to plain colours in a thick cable-knit finish. WHERE TO BUY Knitted stockings, £9.99 each, Dobbies Garden Centres
Keep it simple Traditional style doesn’t have to be about layering lots of fussy elements. A rustic tablecloth, fresh greenery and clusters of candles can be all you need. WHERE TO BUY Sketched Berry cloth, £18; Sketched Berry tableware, from £3.50; candles, from £1 each; all By Sainsbury’s FIND MORE DECORATING IDEAS IN IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS
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Ho Ho Ho garland, £8, Talking Tables
MIX UP FUN BAUBLES
Baubles, from £2.50 each, By Sainsbury’s
KIDS’ CORNER Give their bedroom a quick and easy festive update Decorations and bed linen, all from a selection, By Sainsbury’s
CHRISTMAS LOOKS WE LOVE THEY’LL LOVE CUTE CHRISTMAS CREATURES
Woodland crackers, £17 for six, Sisters Guild
LET THEM DECORATE IT
Jolly brights Start the Christmas countdown in kids’ rooms with special bedding, scaled-down trees and their very own decorations
3ft Fraser fir tree, £39.50, Marks & Spencer
Santa head stocking, £8, John Lewis
Felt holly wreath with robin, £36, Hedgehog
HELP KIDS COUNT IT DOWN
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Advent boxes, £3.49 per set, Homebase
A TREE TOPPER AND A TOY
Hand-made angel, £14, The Contemporary Home
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CREATE A COSY HIDEAWAY Escape the winter chill and Christmas bustle with a traditional, cabin-inspired scheme
CLASSIC COLOURS Pops of red and white create a festive feel Bed linen, £20 for a double set; throw, £30; 6ft tree, £25; large stag, £15; wrapping paper, from £2 per roll; all By Sainsburys
hether you’re readying your home for the arrival of family, preparing to welcome a troop of friends or dressing up the house for the little ones, Christmas is one of the most exciting times to give your home a makeover. With longer evenings and chilly weather, it’s all about keeping toasty warm. Thankfully, the Winter Cottage collection from Sainsbury’s is full of soft
blankets, comfy cushions and glowing candles to give your home a cosy feel.
it simple. Finally, choose woodland motifs, such as stags, mistletoe and pine cones, to complete the cottage vibe.
LAYER UP FOR THE SEASON Transform your living space or bedroom into a comforting bolthole by giving it a cabin-inspired makeover. Start with a faux-fur throw, then add a few cushions in traditional tartan prints – stick to a smart palette of white, red and green to keep
SPRINKLE SOME MAGIC Give the room a yuletide twist with a few festive features – a berry-adorned wreath, shimmering baubles and giftwrap covered in robins, deer and dainty trees will help you count down to Christmas in style.
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE FESTIVE TOUCH Hang a rustic wreath to give any corner a seasonal update Wreath, £20; cushion, £18; bookends, £16 each; all By Sainsbury’s
RING TRUE Two-bell decoration, £4, By Sainsbury’s
QUICK UPDATE Cushion, £18, By Sainsbury’s
ALL IN A ROW Candle garland, £25, By Sainsbury’s
You can never have too many decorations – it’s all about adding a new favourite every year
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WHITE OUT Create your own shimmering winter wonderland indoors Tree and decorations, all from a selection, George Home
PICK UP A PENGUIN
Penguin scene bauble, £4, By Sainsbury’s
GIVE THE TREE A FOCAL POINT
Iridescent snowflake tree topper, £18, The Contemporary Home
ADD SOME TRENDY TEAL
Blue bauble, £9 for 50, B&Q
DUSTING OF SNOW SNAPPY CHARACTER
7ft Icelandic king Christmas tree, £130, Homebase
Cracker, £29.50 for six, Marks & Spencer
CHRISTMAS LOOKS WE LOVE
Arctic chic Create a magical, Narnia-inspired landscape with a frosty palette of ice blue, glittering silver and snowy white
Grey rosette and foliage wreath, £30, John Lewis
Large blue glitter stag, £8, Homebase
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Snowglobe, £25, Marks & Spencer
PUT ON THE GLITZ
Glitter butterflies, £19.99 for six, Very
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CHRISTMAS TOP IT WITH A STRIKING STARBURST
PRETTY IN PINK Gold adds warmth to this sugared-almond look Tree and decorations, from a selection, George Home GEM-STYLE GEOMETRICS
Gold tree topper, £12, The Contemporary Home
Glass jewel decorations, £10 for four, Paperchase
SPARKLY & SNOW-KISSED
Flocked pre-lit downswept pine tree, £180, Very
CHRISTMAS LOOKS WE LOVE
Sugar frosted Go for a hint of glamour with a pretty mix of powder pink, rose gold and a sprinkling of snow ADD A WARM GOLDEN GLOW
POP SOME ON THE TREE
Crackers, £29.50 for six, Marks & Spencer
BLING UP YOUR FRONT DOOR
Champagne and crystal ball wreath, £7.50, Homebase
Gold tealight holder, £9, The Contemporary Home JINGLE ALL THE WAY!
Glitter sleigh bells, £4.99, HomeSense
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‘I made this small house seem bigger than it is’ Mariëlla Houtsma has used simple Scandi style and a clever colour palette to make her cottage feel lighter and more spacious – but still super-cosy
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Layer soft colours in small spaces ‘When we moved in, the entire house was painted in dark colours,’ says Mariëlla, ‘so I wanted to create a lighter, more friendly and more spacious atmosphere.’ Her solution was a fresh palette of white and pale grey on walls, with blush pinks and taupes as warm accents. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sofa, try the Chatnap, from £2,465, Loaf. PS 2012 coffee table, £40, Ikea. For a similar pendant, try the large wicker hanging lamp, £370, Out There Interiors
WHEELY TABLE When there’s no space for multiple side tables, pick a table that can move where you need it
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY A cottage built in 1890 in Friesland, The Netherlands.
My favourite “space is the living Mariëlla Houtsma, an interior designer, lives here with her partner, Tunno van der Graaf
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room – we spend a lot of time cuddled up in there, enjoying our cute home!
his small-but-perfectly-formed cottage is Mariëlla Houtsma and Tunno van der Graaf’s maiden decorating project. ‘It’s the first time we’ve been able to decorate how we want and the first time we’ve had to consider how to maximise a small space on an even smaller budget.’ Mariëlla and Tunno were childhood sweethearts, and at the age of 16 would often pass this house while riding their bikes through the village. ‘In our teens, we thought it was adorable and we imagined living here,’ says Mariëlla. ‘Now we actually do! Luckily for us, it was renovated and enlarged in 2002, so we didn’t have to do any structural work to it.’ Instead, they fast-tracked to the fun bit – decorating. Mariëlla is an interior designer and she had clear ideas about the look she wanted. ‘The entire house was painted in dark colours, so I wanted to create a more friendly atmosphere,’ she says. Her solution was to use a fresh, delicate palette of white and pale grey on walls and woodwork, with a new pale wood floor throughout. Sliding doors are used as screens to divide the kitchen and living room, or to open it up into one large area. Furniture has been carefully chosen to make the most of the limited floor space – a corner sofa provides lots of seating, yet takes up less room than an ordinary sofa and armchairs; streamlined built-in cupboards add ample storage; and multifunctional pieces, like a stool that doubles as a side table, stop the rooms looking cluttered. ‘Our styles are very similar, although Tunno has a preference for sturdy, industrial items,’ says Mariëlla. ‘I’m the one who focuses on creating comfy seating areas and a cosy atmosphere.’
Big metal pendants Industrial lighting is the one-step way to stop your Scandi, rustic room looking too twee
Overload on texture ‘When you’re decorating with pale shades, adding texture is super-important,’ says Mariëlla. ‘Knitted throws and sheepskins make sure the overall look is warm and cosy, not cold and clinical.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sheepskin, try the Icelandic sheepskin rug in soft grey, £150, Nordic House. For a similar chair, try the Eames DSR chair, £230, Vitra range, John Lewis. For similar pendant lights, try the Factory pendants, £125 each, Amara
SLIDING DOORS Hung from a rail above the frame, they divide small rooms without getting in the way
Freshen with paint Mariëlla gave the orange pine kitchen units a slick of pale grey paint to brighten the whole space and give it modern country style. Eyelevel shelves instead of wall units make a small kitchen feel more open. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar kitchen, try the Bartini, from £921 for eight units, Hygena range, Homebase; painted in Skylight Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For similar wall tiles, try the Bumpy tiles, £8 per sq m, Homebase
MINI TREE Perfect for small spaces – just hide the plastic pot in a pretty basket or paper sack
Add definition with black details Lots of neutral colours can blend together, so give your room scheme structure with pops of black – like this window between Mariëlla and Tunno’s dining area and hallway. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar festive window stickers, try the Snowflake stickers, £10, Bubblegum Balloons range, Notonthehighstreet.com
WALL ART Mariëlla has made a festive display from sheet music stuck to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree
Balance white with warm wood Mariëlla has kept some areas of natural wood unpainted to stop the house becoming an all-white space. For Christmas parties, light the way to the loo for guests with battery-operated tealights on every step of the staircase. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar print, try Cartwheels, £21.99, Art.co.uk. For a similar grey-painted cupboard, try Etsy. For similar tealight holders, try the Galej, £1 for four, Ikea
Avoid patterns in small bedrooms The simpler your Scandi-rustic scheme, the more spacious it’ll feel, so swap country prints for woven patterns, like the textured bedspread in Mariëlla’s bedroom, and mix in chunky knits that add detail without creating busy colour contrasts. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar chunky throw, try the giant hand-knitted super chunky, £200, Wool Couture range, Notonthehighstreet.com. For similar paint, try the Colour Steel Parade Grey emulsion, £22 for 2.5ltr, Dulux Travels range, B&Q
SCANDI BUNTING Strips of natural linen glued to garden twine are a simpler alternative to patterned bunting
Clever paint effects Painting the lower part of a wall in a darker shade than the upper part makes a ceiling seem higher
HANGING CHAIR Keeping the floor free makes a room feel more spacious
Think outside the box In a small bedroom, swap hulking wardrobes for simple hanging rails suspended from the ceiling. Mariëlla and Tunno created their own using a wooden pole and thick rope. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar baskets, try the rattan spindle, from £13.96 each, The Holding Company
Give country style toughness
Invest in solid built-in storage
Metal lockers provide hanging space for clothes in the guest room and give the couple’s cosy rustic style a little industrial cool.
In rooms where you need serious storage – like a bedroom – commission a carpenter to make floor-to-ceiling cupboards and paint them the same colour as your walls for a seamless look.
BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar lockers, try the locker-style two-door cabinet, £445, Woood range, Cuckooland.com. For a similar chair, try the Eames RAR rocking, £441, Vitra range, John Lewis. For a similar sheepskin, try the Icelandic sheepskin in soft grey, £150, Nordic House. For a similar driftwood tree, try a selection, Etsy
BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar hanging chair, try the rattan in white, £675, Out There Interiors. For a similar rug, try the giant crochet doily, £121, EvaVillain range, Etsy. For a similar stool, try the chunky knit mini, £110, Cox & Cox
Feel the hygge Mariëlla and Tunno’s shed is the perfect shelter for enjoying their outside space in comfort. A wood burner and lighting make it a useable entertaining space, even in cold winter weather.
I love creating “comfy seating
BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar dining table, try the X frame rustic reclaimed wood hand-made table, £595, Handmade Marsh range, Etsy. For similar stools, try the raw oak, £90 each; for a similar ladder, try the grey washed towel ladder, £75; all Cox & Cox
areas and a cosy atmosphere
LOG SIDE TABLE A cut tree trunk makes a great side table for your outdoor seating area
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Clockwise from top left: Make your own rustic decorations from twigs and natural materials foraged on winter walks; kilner jars are a relaxed alternative to fussy candle votives; stems of winter foliage in green bottles make a pretty outdoor display, especially when showcased against blackpainted timber; a line of shot glasses make ideal tealight holders for your dining table.
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Make it work for you MARIELLA’S STYLE: SIMPLE SCANDI Create a comfy, Nordic look with rustic wood furniture, cosy chunky knits and soothing silver-grey accents NATURAL TEXTURE Bamboo bowl lampshade, £60.99, Ian Snow range, Wayfair
YEAR-ROUND DECORATION Driftwood star garland, £14.95, Idyll Home
HAND-MADE DESIGN Wooden Christmas tree, £39.05, Atelier 1053 range, Etsy
FESTIVE GRAPHIC Gran cushion, £25, Shedquarters
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COOL & COMFY Jerry chair, £85, Habitat
CHUNKY FOR A RUSTIC FEEL Yarnscombe handknitted throw, £280, Lauren Aston Designs
ADD SOME SPARKLE Glitter star wooden bunting, £5.99, Ginger Ray
LIGHTER LOOK Bamboo lampshade, £9.99, Clas Ohlson
WINTRY WHITE Wood-effect stick Christmas tree, £10, Matalan
A CALMER OPTION Pine tree pillow cover, £11.91, Bead and Reel range, Etsy
SWAP A TREE POT FOR A LUXE SACK… Storage bag, £19, Essential range, Amara
…OR GO MINIMAL WITH THIS Le Sac En Papier, £8, Peastyle
PERFECT PAIRED WITH WHITE Dining chair, £69, Cult Furniture
A FINER KNIT Chunky throw, £50, Matalan
STYLE & DÉCOR
ONE LIVING ROOM three ways START WITH THESE KEY PIECES... The Sofa
Ektorp three-seater sofa, from £275, Ikea
Small Boucle Accents flooring in Limestone C719, £42 per sq m, Crucial Trading
Chichester 3ft bookcase, from £1,680, Neptune
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STYLE & DÉCOR
On the tree 1 Felt robins, from £4.99 each, Gisela Graham 2 Wooden stars, £9 for three, Next 3 Owls, from £8.99 each, Gisela Graham 4 Glitter hedgehogs, £5 each, John Lewis 5 Stag rings, from £5.99 each, Gisela Graham
BE CANDLE SAFE
Industrial tables Simple designs with reclaimed-wood tops and metal legs are modern classics
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MAGIC INGREDIENT This wallpaper has a fake bark texture that makes this neutral room feel extra cosy
Woodland snug YOUR THREE CLASSIC COUNTRY BASICS ARE MADE FOR A SIMPLE, RUSTIC ROOM LIKE THIS. DON’T WORRY ABOUT COLOUR – IT’S ALL ABOUT TEXTURE ON THE WALLS, FLOOR AND ACCESSORIES. AN INDUSTRIAL TABLE WILL ADD A TOUGHER TWIST
THE PAINT Cotswold eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune THE FABRIC Dawn Chorus, £19 per m, Clarke & Clarke
THE WALLPAPER Tree Bark in Parchment, £42 per roll, Clarke & Clarke
MAGIC INGREDIENT Raw wood adds an artisan feel
STYLE & DÉCOR On the tree 1 Baubles, from £4.99 each, Gisela Graham 2 Scottie dogs, £4.99 each, Wyevale Garden Centres 3 Acorns, from £1.99 each, Gisela Graham 4 Felt robins, £3.99 each, Wyevale Garden Centres 5 Wooden joy star, £2.99, Wyevale Garden Centres
MAGIC INGREDIENT Painting the fire surround blue makes it work with, not against, the wallpaper for greater impact
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Relaxed traditional PUT A DOVE GREY COVER ON THE SOFA AND PAINT THE BOOKCASE A LEAD HUE, AND THE ROOM INSTANTLY LOOKS MORE HIGHEND. NAVY PATTERNED WALLPAPER IS SUPER-SMART, BUT A SHABBY-CHIC TABLE AND A FADED RUG KEEP THINGS LAID-BACK
THE PAINT Charcoal eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune THE FABRIC Beverley in burgundy, from £49.50 per m, Ian Mankin
THE WALLPAPER Harriet, £85 per roll, Lexington range, BoråsTapeter
MAGIC INGREDIENT A curved chest of drawers gives a nod to antique pieces
Leather armchairs These look more modern in beaten tan leather rather than a dark, polished finish
STYLE & DÉCOR On the tree 1 White ribbed baubles, from £4.99 each, Gisela Graham 2 Felt snowflakes, £3.50 each, John Lewis 3 Snowflake baubles, from £3.10 each, Gisela Graham 4 Candy canes, £4 each, John Lewis 5 Clear baubles with trees, from £3.99 each, Gisela Graham
MAGIC INGREDIENT Cladding a chimney breast is easy to do and adds personality and country style to a room
Stackable coffee table It stacks with the side tables so it’s easy to clear floor space when you need to
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Scandi ski lodge chic SWAP IN WHITE SOFA COVERS AND PAINTWORK, AND THE WHOLE ROOM FEELS FRESHER. IT’S ONLY A SHORT STEP TO CREATE A CLASSIC SCANDI LOOK WITH MID-CENTURY-INSPIRED PIECES AND BOLD RED ACCESSORIES
THE PAINT Snow eggshell, £53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune THE FABRIC Vinter 2016, £5 per m, Ikea
THE WALLPAPER Wintertree II L6097-01, £95 per roll, Larsen range, Wallpaperdirect
MAGIC INGREDIENT Even a rustic look can be glam with a metallic wallpaper
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ONE LIVING ROOM
Scandi ski lodge chic
Tree Bark wallpaper in Parchment, £42 per roll, Clarke & Clarke. Himalaya Ivory rug, £185, Flair Rugs. Ektorp three-seater sofa in Ramna beige, £295, Ikea. George armchair in Angus wool, £1,020, Neptune. Kaleng coffee table, £595; Kaleng side tables, £295; Manado mirror, £325; all Lombok. C5 wood-burning stove, £996, Charnwood. ON COFFEE TABLE Rustique wooden bowl, £35, Barker & Stonehouse. Burnt amber and orange potpourri, £10, Laura Ashley. New England tray, £20, John Lewis. Candle dish, £2.50; candle, £4; both Ikea. Joy Star side plate, £14.95, Emma Bridgewater. Mince pies, from a selection, Tesco. Sophie Conran teapot, £49, Portmeirion. White Wing vase, £19, Holly’s House. ON MANTEL Lantern, £70, John Lewis. Garland, from a selection, Gisela Graham. Candle, £6, Ikea. Robin tealight holder, from a selection, Gisela Graham. For a similar pine cone tealight, try the silver pine cone candle, £11.95, Nordic House. Elder frosted trees, from £21 each, Neptune. ON SOFA Knitted Waves throw, £79, John Lewis. Cushions, from left: Cranbourne Copper, £45, Laura Ashley; Patchwork in Beige, £49.95, Bronte by Moon; made in Dawn Chorus, £19 per m, Clarke & Clarke; Parquet Weave in red, £30, Bronte by Moon range, John Lewis. ON CHAIR Patchwork Beige cushion, £49.95, Bronte by Moon. ON SIDE TABLES Ortez jar vase, £15, House of Fraser. Delamere Rural Deer mug, £44 for four; side plate, £36 for four; both Spode. For a similar pine cone tealight, as before. Hare, £7, George Home. Cambourne table lamp, £160, John Lewis. IN BOOKCASE Trinket box, £10, George Home. Joy star jug, £19.95, Emma Bridgewater. Photo frame, £20, John Lewis. Deer candle, £4; carved wooden box, £12; carved frame, £12; all By Sainsbury’s. Autumn wreath, £25, Laura Ashley. Wooden bowl, £80, Piet Hein Eek range; throw, £120; both Heal’s. LED micro fairy lights, £6.99, Lights4fun. Checked throw, £75, Bronte by Moon. ON/NEAR TREE Decorations, from a selection, Gisela Graham, John Lewis and Next. LED fairy lights, £8.49, Festive Lights. Giftwrap, from a selection, Ikea and Paperchase. Ribbon, from a selection, Berisfords. Robin, from a selection, Wyevale Garden Centres. IN RIGHT-HAND IMAGE Gilmore console, £719, House of Fraser. Lantern, £22, JD Williams. Dawson frosted reindeer, £22, Neptune. Vase, £20, National Trust Shop. Ferne wreath, £51, Neptune. All other items, as before
Harriet wallpaper, £85 per roll, Lexington range, BoråsTapeter. Ektorp three-seater sofa in Nordvalla dark grey, £350, Ikea. Modbury armchair, £1,075, Barker & Stonehouse. Aldwych low side table in Fog, £265, Neptune. Woodcroft coffee table in Mouse Grey, £995, Sweetpea & Willow. Burton leather trunks, from £300 for medium, India Jane. Emperor rug, £995, Graham and Green. C5 wood-burning stove, £996, Charnwood. ON COFFEE TABLE Vase, £22, Debenhams. Joy Star cake stand, £69.95; Joy Star side plate (on tray), £14.95; both Emma Bridgewater. Mince pies, from a selection, Tesco. Red Spruce candle, £16, Laura Ashley. Scandi tray, £40; mini crackers, £7.50; all John Lewis. Throw, £110; napkin, £10; both Heal’s. Hederlig wine glasses, £1 each, Ikea. ON/NEAR MANTEL Fenomen candles, from £1.50 each; Songe mirror, £95; all Ikea. Wreath, from a selection, House of Fraser. Ribbon, from a selection, Berisfords. Faux holly berry twig, £20, Neptune. LED fairy lights, £8.49, Festive Lights. ON SOFA Cushions made in (from left): Stanley in grey; Ripon in dark navy; Beverley in burgundy; Gisburn in grey; all from £49.50 per m, Ian Mankin. ON ARMCHAIR Cushions made in (from left): Ripon in burgundy; Witton in dark navy; both £49.50, Ian Mankin. ON FLOOR Basket, £37 for two, Murmur range, Houseology. ON SIDE TABLE Vera vase, £60, Sue Pryke range, National Trust Shop. Bowl, £25, Heal’s. ON NEAR TRUNK Nova throw, £70, Heal’s. ON FAR TRUNK Calypso lamp base in Oxblood glaze, £105; Empire shade in Deep Sea Chambray, £75; both Pooky. IN BOOKCASE Amy frame, £18, John Lewis. Bol glass vase, £40, Habitat. Red baubles, from a selection, John Lewis. Dark blue ceramic pot, £9, Holly’s House. Betty vase, £60, Sue Pryke range, National Trust Shop. Small indigo vase, £18.95, Holly’s House. Marcell vase, £30, House of Fraser. Mother-of-pearl photo frame, £50, The White Company. Cards, from a selection, National Trust Shop. ON/NEAR TREE Decorations, from a selection, Gisela Graham, John Lewis and Wyevale Garden Centres. Giftwrap, from a selection, Paperchase and Sainsbury’s. Ribbon, from a selection, Berisfords. Fairy lights, as before. IN RIGHT-HAND IMAGE Ile De Re chest of drawers, £795, Graham and Green. Candle, £55, The White Company. Allium Calm by Doug Chinnery extra-large framed print, £144, King & McGaw. All other items, as before
Wintertree II L6097-01 wallpaper, £95 per roll, Larsen range, Wallpaperdirect. Georgian panelling, £69 for a H240cm x W122cm sheet, The English Panelling Company; painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £20.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Ektorp three-seater sofa in Blekinge white, £275, Ikea. Tisno armchair, £695; Orrico aluminium table, £125; both Habitat. Eclipse extra-large white coffee table, £230; Eclipse large oak coffee table (used as side table), £155; both Heal’s. Twist rug, £429, Dwell. C5 wood-burning stove, £996, Charnwood. ON COFFEE TABLE Serving stand, £12; candle dish, £2.50; both Ikea. Baubles, from a selection, John Lewis. Teapot, £36; sugar bowl, £11.50; cup and saucer, £9; all Portmeirion. Tealight holder, £5.50, Talking Tables. ON/NEAR MANTEL Strala pendant, £5, Ikea. Ski France framed print, £103; The Sketch 2 November 1955 framed print, £73.50; both King & McGaw. Glitter stag, £8, Matalan. Candle, £4, By Sainsbury’s. Wreath, from a selection, Gisela Graham. Stocking, £10, Ragged Rose. Leather magazine holder, £49, Dwell. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: made in Vinter, £5 per m, Ikea; Mongolian, £50, RJR.John Rocha range, Debenhams; made in Balboa Strawberry, £17 per m, Kai; Chamonix Skiers, £15, John Lewis. ON ARMCHAIR Cushion, £25, Ragged Rose. ON LEFT SIDE TABLE Glass dome, £12, Matalan. Tealight holder; cup and saucer; all as before. ON RIGHT SIDE TABLE Side plates, £24 for four, Portmeirion. Mini crackers, £7.50 for six, John Lewis. Hexagonal tealight holders, from £6 each, Nordic House. Bubble vase, £20, Habitat. Faux holly berry twig, £20, Neptune. ON/IN BOOKCASE Baubles, from a selection; photo frame, £6; ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ sign, £8; all John Lewis. Faux holly berry twig; candle; dish; tealight holder; side plates; all as before. Snowglobe, £17, Talking Tables. Bowl, £25, Heal’s. Cake stand, £9.95, Ikea. Mince pies; Christmas cake; from a selection, Tesco. Jugs, from £29 each, Scandi Living. ON/NEAR TREE Baubles, from a selection, Gisela Graham and John Lewis. Giftwrap, from a selection, Ikea, Paperchase and Next. Ribbon, from a selection, Berisfords. IN RIGHT-HAND IMAGE Vase, £30, Habitat. LED fairy lights, £6.99, Lights4fun. Advent house, £20, Matalan. Cake stand, £9.95, Ikea. All other items, as before
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Where to buy
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE FABULOUS FEASTING Lay a beautiful table for Christmas lunch Country Heart 12-piece dinner set, £14.99; 16-piece cutlery set, £14.99; Fergus check runner, £6; all Dunelm
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s the festive season gets underway, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the prospect of decorating your home, getting ready for visiting friends and family, and cooking up a storm as you attempt to create the perfect Christmas. Luckily, Dunelm is there to help, with everything you could need to make the big day perfect, from practical help to beautiful inspiration.
PREPARE A DELICIOUS FEAST For many people, baking is an important part of Christmas. Whether you’re whipping up mince pies for visitors, following family recipes and icing a traditional fruit cake, or getting the pudding ready early so it can mature, Dunelm has all the bakeware you could need. And don’t forget to stock up on new kitchenware for cooking the big
lunch itself, as well as crockery, glasses and festive napkins to set a beautiful table – Dunelm has a huge range to choose from.
DECORATE IN STYLE When it comes to decking out your home, Dunelm has decorations for both traditional and modern festive schemes. For craft fans, there are plenty of faux ﬂower stems, vases, lanterns, haberdashery and fabrics for you to create centrepieces for the table or a garland for your mantelpiece.
FIND PLENTY OF INSPIRATION Whether you’re looking for beautiful decorating ideas or have your Christmas fully planned, there’s something for every home at one of Dunelm’s 158 stores nationwide. Alternatively, browse online at dunelm.com.
in different “setsInvest of table linen to team with plain crockery for a whole new look every time you dine
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
CUTE CREATURES Add a charming touch Wool badger lady and gentleman, £3.50 each, Dunelm
SWEET SETTING Team simple crockery with colourful linen Fergus check napkin, £4; holly and berries napkin ring, £1.50; both Dunelm
FOR MORE INFORMATION... SET THE PERFECT SCENE For a traditional look, keep things simple with fresh greenery, red ribbons, garlands and candles Knightsbridge sofa, £999; Cole coffee table, £350; Bean slab in Marlow Check Berry, £49.99; Merry Christmas bunting, £3; cushions, from £9 each; all Dunelm
To browse the Christmas range and ﬁnd your nearest store, call 0345 165 6565 or visit
KERRYâ€™S STYLE? Turn to page 119 to get the look
‘We modernised this house – but not too much!’ Wanting to sympathetically restore their tumbledown Victorian house, Kerry and James Cowan stuck to a traditional style but gave it a few modern twists
Try it trad for key pieces In the living room, the Cowans kept the old wooden panelling and flooring, complementing them with classic scrolled and buttoned furniture. ‘Treasure any original features and integrate furniture that fits with the era of the room,’ says Kerry. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar flooring, try a selection, Reclaimed Flooring Co. For a similar sofa, try the Branagh, £999; for a similar armchair, try the Manor, £359; both Made.com. For a similar table, try the Vince, £350, Habitat
Welcome to my home
THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom Victorian cottage in Peebles, Scotland.
VALUE Kerry Cowan lives here with her husband, James and their daughters, Charlotte, four, and Florence, two. Kerry is a full-time mum and James works in the whisky industry.
A Take a quick tour...
Bought for £175,000 in 2013; now worth £310,000.
There’s nothing “better than coming home to a warm fire crackling in the hearth
s soon as Kerry and James Cowan bought their Victorian cottage in the Scottish borders, they knew that lightening up the house’s dark spaces was a top priority, as well as installing heating, replacing the wiring and fixing the wet and dry rot. ‘Initially I considered a modern look, but I felt this yearning to do what was right for the style of the house,’ says Kerry. ‘It was built in 1896 and lots of original features were intact, including the panelled doors and timber floors. But at the same time, I didn’t want to live in a time warp.’ She decided on a palette of soft greys, which looks modern and makes the most of the natural light, then she added a combination of old and new furniture to put a twist on traditional style. The open-plan kitchen, dining area and snug were key to defining the décor for the entire house. Kerry began with vintage-look pieces, such as the Belfast sink, Shaker-style units and range cooker, but took care to add new elements, including oversized factory-style lights and on-trend metro tiles. ‘I found our huge Victorian dresser on eBay and painted it white – now it’s fresh, not fusty,’ says Kerry. She took a similar approach to the woodwork in the other rooms. Previously, all the timber detailing was bare, so Kerry painted the panelling around the windows white and used simple blinds, so as not to steal focus from the original beaded woodwork. Kerry has kept decoration to a minimum, using subtle colour and accessories to add character, while preserving many of the house’s original features and fireplaces. ‘On a winter’s day, there’s nothing better than coming home to a warm fire crackling in the hearth,’ she says.
Keep the colour schemes calm ‘Use a palette that works with the natural light and enhances rather than competes with the property’s features,’ says Kerry, who even avoids accent colours. ‘I don’t like styling that’s too bright or garish,’ she adds.
UPDATED MIRROR The vintage mantel mirror was originally gold, but Kerry gave it a coat of white paint
BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Skimming Stone Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Sheepskin rug, from £175, Lambland. For a similar mirror, try the Olivia, £300, Laura Ashley
BE CANDLE SAFE
Flokati rugs A modern classic – they add luxe texture and highlight the beauty of wooden floors
Traditional dressers Kerryâ€™s eBay find blends perfectly with her contemporary kitchen units
REAL HOME WOOD AND METAL UNITS Kerry mixed classic styling with ultramodern bar handles
HIDDEN EXTRACTOR Knocking into the chimney breast creates a slot for a cooker and hood
HIGH UNITS Great for using up every inch of space
Steer clear of pastiche Kerry’s kitchen (in an extension which used to be the previous owner’s workshop) could have become a homage to Victoriana. She’s carefully added modern statements, such as metal pendant lights, a block table and sturdy benches to the traditional Shaker units and brick-style tiles. BUY THE KEY PIECES Tewkesbury kitchen with oak block worktops, £POA, Howdens Joinery. For similar pendants, try the Unfold, £119 each, Houseology
Put the focus on original features At the far end of the kitchen-diner, Kerry has created a cosy living space by arranging furniture facing the window seat and fireplace. She’s added warmth with knitted textures and a Scandi-inspired hide rug. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar armchair, try the Camford, £999, John Lewis. For a similar pouffe, try the knitted, £65, Matalan. Stag head, from a selection, Notonthehighstreet.com LOW SEATING A chaise gives the bedroom a handy seating zone without blocking out light
Learn to love awkward angles In Kerry and James’s bedroom, the ceiling slopes down to the head of the bed and a sharp angle swoops up from one corner. The chest of drawers is a family heirloom – putting it at a slant and choosing a low-back bed draws attention to the room’s characterful quirks and makes the most of the tricky space. BUY THE KEY PIECES Hemnes bedside tables, £40 each, Ikea. For a similar chest of drawers, try a selection, Prior & Willis Antiques. Laurent chaise longue, from £1,050, Sweetpea & Willow
James bought this traditional “ wooden sleigh bed years ago. The timeless design looks perfect in the old-meets-new decorating scheme
Go for darker wood finishes Nothing says ‘traditional’ like mahogany or dark-stained oak, and genuine Victorian antiques can be picked up at a good price. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bed, try the Provence, £1,625, Feather & Black. Sheepskin rug, from £175, Lambland. For a similar throw, try the linear in Frost, from £60, John Lewis
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BRICK TILES Even a minimalist bathroom can reference a house’s history
Be consistent in the kids’ rooms Kerry chose a traditional metal bedstead for Charlotte’s room, but in a fresh white finish instead of black. Simple whitepainted storage keeps the overall look modern. BUY THE KEY PIECES Oliver bed, £425, Feather & Black. Merino herringbone throw, £150, Johnstons of Elgin. Hemnes cabinet, £70, Ikea
COUNTRY PATTERN Period schemes suit classic florals, ticking stripes and checks
I’ve scaled down this room “ for Charlotte. The furniture is smaller and pictures are hung lower to suit a child’s eyeline
Play with soft shades FEATURE ANDREA CHILDS PHOTOGRAPHS DOUGLAS GIBB PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
WHAT WE LEARNED
It takes patience and “commitment to get an old property right! You can’t patch things up – repairs have to be done properly. They can cost more than you’d expect and there are often unexpected problems
Pastels are natural partners for Kerry’s preferred palette of easy neutrals – a great solution for children’s rooms where you want more colour without compromising on style. BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Calluna Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Teepee, from a selection; personalised Christmas sack, £22, Harrow & Green range; both Notonthehighstreet.com
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Make it work for you KERRY’S STYLE: NEW TRADITIONAL Combine smart lines, soft textures and woodland motifs to create a look that’s both cosy and timeless NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS Moose trophy (L33cm x H53cm x W69cm), £49, Cult Furniture
SIMPLY DOES IT White berry and cone garland, £35, The Contemporary Home
DISCREET STORAGE Vince walnut coffee table, £350, Habitat
TRY A BIT OF SPARKLE Snowy Christmas garland, £20, Matalan
BARELY THERE Kristal glass and walnut coffee table, £119, La Redoute
A TOUCH MORE MODERN Birdsong cushion, £45, The Art Rooms
PLAYFUL PATTERN Blue throat cushion, £60, Timorous Beasties
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING PHOTOGRAPH DOUGLAS GIBB
SCALE DOWN FOR A BEDROOM Mini deer trophy (H35cm x W24cm x D18cm), £12, Rocket & Rye
SUPER-SHAGGY LAMB’S WOOL Flokati rug (240cm x 170cm), £165, John Lewis
TRAD-STYLE ESSENTIAL Hound dog occasional chair, £745, Loaf
ADD SOFTNESS WITH TEXTURE Elsa rug (230cm x 160cm), £94, The Rug Seller
CLASSIC DETAILING Collette button-back armchair, £199, Dunelm
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE ENCHANTED MOOD Give the tree a magical look with icy glass and silver decorations Baubles, from £4 each, Laura Ashley
GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS From tableware to festive decorations, you’ll ﬁnd all you need to prepare your home for Christmas at Laura Ashley
reating a magical and stylish Christmas for you and your family couldn’t be easier, thanks to Laura Ashley. Whether you’re looking for a whole new festive look for your home, or just want to update your tree or tableware, the high-street favourite has all you need both online and in-store to make this Christmas the most memorable yet.
GET YOUR HOME GUEST-READY Make sure your home is ready to welcome the endless arrivals of family, friends and well-wishers by ensuring it looks its best. Choose from Laura Ashley’s stunning range of beautiful glass baubles
and twinkling fairy lights to decorate your tree, and dress your front door with a traditional frosted wreath. Add cosy faux-fur throws and cushions to your sofa and don’t forget a festive Advent calendar for the younger members of the family.
LAY THE PERFECT TABLE Watch your family’s delight as they gather round a beautifully dressed dining table, complete with decorative crackers and ﬂickering candlelight. Beautiful beaded placemats and coasters will add the wow factor, and, together with elegant linens and glassware, will create the setting for the perfect Christmas meal together.
SEASONAL SPARKLE Combine sophisticated silvers and whites for a glamorous dining table Silver rim optic glassware, from £8 for a tumbler; silver beaded cushion, £35; silver ﬂoral crackers, £20 for six; all Laura Ashley
Create an elegant “ dining table for family and friends with silvery accessories and plenty of candlelight
HOLLY WALSH, ACTING STYLE & DECORATING ASSISTANT
HIDDEN SURPRISES Stash a small gift inside each drawer Polar bear Advent calendar, £48, Laura Ashley
WELL PLACED Add some sparkle to the dining table Silver beaded placemats, £18 for two, Laura Ashley
WINTRY FOLIAGE Hang this frosted wreath on your front door Lit wreath, £55, Laura Ashley
SHINE ON A statement decoration for your tree Lit polar bear bauble, £12, Laura Ashley
LET IT SNOW Team with a faux-fur throw Winter birds cushion, £24, Laura Ashley
GET THE GLOW Pop a tealight inside Ceramic Christmas tree tealight holder, £20, Laura Ashley
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STYLE & DÉCOR
Easy style updates
From best buys and clever tricks to mini décor projects... this is our roundup of the simplest, quickest ways to make your home more beautiful now
BE CANDLE SAFE
Console, £249, Scumble Goosie; painted in Down Pipe Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Deck the hall
Create a warm welcome with a full-on festive display. Decorate doors with garlands, top pictures with greenery and bedeck a hallway table with tealights, cards and paper-wrapped parcels.
STYLE & DÉCOR
For a similar garland, try the 6ft frosty winter, £49.99, Very
Gift tags, twine and decorations, from a selection, Dunelm
DECORATE THE STAIRS
Include the staircase in your festive decorating. Wind foliage into the base of the banister (on the outer side, so it’s not a trip hazard) and tie on baubles here and there for a sparkly ﬁnish.
Make your own Advent calendar
Get crafty with a couple of lengths of string and a packet of paper luggage tags. Simply number the tags, secure a few holly sprigs and add some mini treats to jolly it up.
FAKE IT A little faux mistletoe (such as this mistletoe pick, £2, By Sainsbury’s) is g great r if you can’t get thee real deal, or if y you’ve o got little on ones n or pets (as tthe berries ca can a n be po poisonous). oi
For a similar undecorated wreath, try the green Christmas wreath, £4, Hobbycraft
FIX UP A WREATH
Weaving in winter greenery, pine cones, lights or ribbon is all it takes.
LIGHT THE WAY Start by filling glass jars with Epsom salt for a snowy effect, then pop a tealight inside each one to give your walkway a glow.
Set the scene
Transform a shelf or console table with a festive, wintry display. Start by creating a backdrop using offcuts from your Christmas tree mixed with pine cones brought in from outdoors, then line up lanterns, glass votives and mini nightlights to create a welcoming glow.
BOX CLEVER WITH GIFTS
Save spare boxes before Christmas, so awkwardly shaped presents or soft and squashy items can be boxed up, then giftwrapped more easily.
Large rusty letters, £5 each, RE
Floral giftwrap, £4.50 for 3m, Marks & Spencer
For similar baskets, try a selection, The Basket Company
Keep a gift basket handy
Wrap a couple of spare presents in advance so you won’t be caught out should a surprise guest arrive. All-purpose buys such as candles, mini soaps or tins of biscuits are always a winner.
SECURE A DISPLAY Garden twist ties are a hero buy if you can’t fix a garland or a string of lights into place – twist into position and your arrangement won’t budge. DECEMBER 2016
STYLE & DÉCOR
Lanhydrock sofa, from £1,407, Sofas & Stuff. Lantau coffee table, £840, Oka
Previn sofa, from £1,596, Sofa Workshop
Add some sparkle and shine
Glam up a neutral living room by adding shimmery accents. Swap the ﬁr tree for a snowy alternative, and pop a few sequinned cushion covers on the sofa for a glitzy feel.
TRY A QUICK PICK-ME-UP Central heating will dry out fresh foliage, so give it a quick mist of water every few days to perk up wilting displays.
Stamp your own gift tag
Ditch pricey gift tags and have fun designing your own versions instead. Bulk buy inexpensive luggage labels (Hobbycraft sells 30 for £2.50) and stamp on your own festive message, the recipient’s name or a personalised greeting using a set of mini rubber alphabet stamps. Wrap gifts in plain brown parcel paper and tie with a couple of lengths of raffia for a simple, rustic effect.
Footstool, £445, Furniture Village. Stamp set, £12.95, Dotcomgiftshop
TIDY UP THE TREE
While the base of a Christmas tree looks gorgeous when it’s surrounded by presents, it can look a bit barren when it’s bare. Make sure yours looks smart all season long with a simple willow skirt – the perfect disguise! Ultimate Nordman fir artificial Christmas tree with willow skirt, £450, The White Company
Replace the mirror
Libra tree stand, £118, Rowen & Wren
Swap the traditional overmantel mirror for a festive feature by hanging a cluster of wooden snowﬂakes. A trio of mini wicker rings would look good, too.
UPSTYLE YOUR TREE STAND
Ensure your Christmas tree stands up in style with a heavyweight base. Choose a sturdy metal design with adjustable screws that can be tightened to keep the trunk ﬁrmly in place.
TOP UP THE TREE
Letting your tree dry out leads to dull, brittle needles and drooping branches, so make sure it has plenty to drink. Go for a stand that has a built-in water reservoir and top it up daily.
PERFORM A LIGHTING CHECK
Before you hang your lights (allowing roughly 30 per foot of tree), lay them out and turn them on, so you can check they’re all working and replace blown bulbs.
Make your own wall art
Turn empty wall space into a festive focal point by repurposing a branch from the garden. Mount it on the wall using picture hooks and twine, then wind fairy lights around the branch for sparkle. Finally, hang a row of paper stars for an eye-catching result.
Large marl sofa in Stone, £1,795, DFS
Spruce up the mantel
A roaring ﬁre is a natural focal point on a winter’s day, so frame it with a garland of greenery – either fresh or faux – on the mantel. Add to it bit by bit until you’re happy, wiring in lights and decorations.
For similar bells, try The Little Crafty Bugs Company
For a similar garland, try the artificial English ivy garland, £3.59 for L1.8m, Dunelm
DECORATE A DOOR EASILY
Found an old box of decorations? Don’t chuck them – group mismatched buys, such as woollen mittens, foliage and some ribbon, for a speedy embellishment.
ADD A CUSHION (OR TWO) Bring some seasonal cheer to your sofa by trading a few of your regular cushions for some fun festive alternatives.
Cushions, from £25 each, House of Fraser
STYLE & DÉCOR
GO POSH WITH PAPER PLATES Save on doing yet another load of washing up and swap porcelain for paper, with disposables that look as good as the real thing.
Party plate, £5 for eight; cutlery, £7 for 18 pieces; all Talking Tables
Let it snow
Give your dining room a full-on frosty makeover for an extra-special atmosphere. Stick to a wintry palette with a pale tablecloth, silver-sprayed twigs and home-made paper snowﬂakes hung low over the dining table – a great project to keep kids busy during the 12 days of Christmas. Stop the overall look from being too formal by adding pine cones and greenery along the middle of the table.
Paper tissue snowﬂake decorations, £15 for four, Pearl and Earl
Clear fillable baubles, from £8.50 for four, Xmasdirect
Create your own baubles
Forget boring table settings – get crafty and make personalised keepsakes for your guests instead. Tuck a tiny sprig of holly or ﬁr inside a clear ﬁllable bauble, then write a guest’s name or a festive message on a paper label and tie it to the top of the bauble using a leftover piece of bright ribbon.
TRY A DIY TABLE CENTREPIECE
For a table setting with a diﬀerence, wrap a collection of small boxes with Christmas paper and coloured ribbons, then arrange them on a tiered cake stand – you could even pop a chocolate in each one as an after-dinner treat. DECEMBER 2016
Fill in the gaps with cheap decs
Lanterns, from a selection, The White Company
Buy a box of inexpensive baubles to use as ‘ﬁllers’ if you’re left with gaps when decorating the tree. Stick to one colour so that no matter how much you mix and match, it’ll always look cohesive. Baubles, £10 for 50, By Sainsbury’s
LINE UP THE LANTERNS
Arrange a series of diﬀerent-sized candle lanterns along the dining table for a farmhouse feel.
Baubles, from a selection, Next
Make a modern mobile
Don’t fork out for a chandelier – create drama above the dining table by suspending a branch from the ceiling with ﬁshing wire instead, then hang baubles and strings of lights from the twigs.
TRY SNOWSCENE JARS
Transform old screwtop jars into mini snowscapes. Create a layer of white glitter at the bottom of the jars, then pop a few Christmas cake decorations in each one. A mini tree, cheerful snowman or Santa statue with a reindeer sidekick will all work a treat.
STYLE & DÉCOR
Go with a nature theme
Ditch the tired tinsel and take a pared-back approach in the dining room with natural greenery, rustic pine cones and simple faded linens. Festoon a tealight chandelier with ivy and herbs.
SEW A TABLE RUNNER
Complement your Christmas scheme by making a table runner. Cut a length of co-ordinating fabric to ﬁt the width and length of your table, and hem all round. Add a fringe, pompom trim or ribbon to edge at both ends.
RUSTLE UP SOME GREENERY
Forgotten the table centrepiece? Fill glass lanterns or vases with some greenery from the garden – pine cones, berries or fruit will all look suitably seasonal. Nord candleholders, from £15 each, India May Home
Dress your chairs
Jazz up the backs of dining chairs with mini swags of greenery. Use offcuts from the Christmas tree, sprigs of eucalyptus or hypericum berries, and tie them to the chair with a bow of wide ribbon.
Garland, £20, John Lewis. Koppen table, £1,195, Lombok
MAKE FROSTED FOLIAGE Collect opened-up pine cones and, once dry, dip the bases in glue followed by some white glitter for a snowy effect.
Harrogate dining chair, £230, Neptune
STYLE & DÉCOR
Create the perfect winter set-up by layering the bed with chunky knits, brushed ﬂannel bed linen and soft, faux-fur throws and cushions. Keep the mood cosy with a relaxed colour palette of warm pink and dusky caramel.
Leave a tray on the bedside table so you can put together a mini welcome pack, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and a face cloth. Make sure there’s a socket for phone charging within easy reach, too.
Cosy up with knits
CREATE SOME AMBIENCE ON COOL EVENINGS
Flickering candles create the cosiest of moods after dark. Stay safe and opt for a realistic, battery-operated one instead (try The Contemporary Home’s log battery candle, £12).
Frosted branches large hanging tree, £40, Cox & Cox
Hang a tree on the wall
No space for a full-sized tree? Get your festive style ﬁx with a ﬂatpack alternative you can hang on the wall, like this one made from snow-dusted birch branches strung together on jute. Just add fairy lights and baubles (and maybe a few chocolates, too).
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Polar Bear reversible double duvet set, £16, George Home
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Riley bedstead, £325, Feather & Black. Fleece throw, £15, Next
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‘It’s a great space to hang out in as a family’ Hannah and Tim Donnelly turned three poky rooms into one big kitchen-diner where they can keep an eye on their kids while getting stuff done
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY
A four-bedroom, semidetached Thirties house in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
WHAT IT COST Hannah Donnelly lives here with her husband Tim and children, Alice, one, and Freya, four.
Units.....................£6,096 Appliances............£1,689 Sink and taps..........£275
I felt that the space could take a bold colour and I love how the dark blue units look
HANNAH’S BLUE UNITS? Turn to page 137 to find out more
Knocking through and extending the kitchen has created a bright and multifunctional family space. ‘The design incorporated lots of windows, patio doors and roof lights, which made the room bright and airy enough for the dark-coloured kitchen we wanted,’ says Hannah Second Nature Milbourne units in Hartforth blue, from £150 for a W600mm base unit, Factory Kitchens & Bedrooms
‘We bought a black cooker hood to match the existing range cooker,’ says Hannah LEIHDC90BC cooker hood, £390, Rangemaster range, Appliances Direct
HOW HANNAH AND TIM DID IT
Science lab stools Perfect for a simple vintage look – the Donnellys found theirs on eBay
‘Just over a year after moving in, we decided to knock the kitchen, dining and breakfast rooms together, and extend into the garden to create a big space. The front living room felt a long way from the kitchen and, although it is cosier in there, it doesn’t get a lot of sun, so we wanted this room to be a complete contrast. The whole project took four months, and we were without a kitchen for nearly eight weeks. The builders sorted the electrics and plumbing, and kitchen company Factory Kitchens & Bedrooms fitted the new units and worktops for just £800. The original floorboards were quite dark, so we had them sanded and varnished for around £700. The result is a really light and airy open-plan space where we can all be doing different things without being on top of each other.’ DECEMBER 2016
SOFT GREY WALLS Fired Earth’s Mockingbird is white in sunlight, but looks warmer in low light
‘I love how we can cook and entertain at the same time,’ says Hannah For a similar table, try the Deauville in oak, £359, Made.com
WHAT WE LEARNED
your new kitchen at once! I picked things up in sales when I saw them and looked out for special offers over several months to save money
ABOVE Curved corner units are a safe choice for a family home Quartz Snowfall worktops, from £400 per linear m, Factory Kitchens & Bedrooms
ABOVE An undercounter sink and modern tap look smart and sleek Carron Phoenix Dante tap, £135, Factory Kitchens & Bedrooms. Selfwatering pot, £30, Houseology
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Make it work for you HANNAH’S CHOICE: DARK BLUE UNITS Smart, classic and beautiful with natural wood or fresh white worktops – this is why your next kitchen needs to be blue…
FEELS LIKE FURNITURE These Shaker units make a kitchen look like a living space – ideal for an open-plan layout Shaker kitchen in Marina Blue eggshell, £25,000, John Lewis of Hungerford
CONTEMPORARY COOL Easy-access open shelving and ultramodern flat-fronted cabinets create a streamlined look Handleless units in Baltic, from £203 when you buy five or more units, Wren Kitchens
STRIKING CONTRAST White worktops, high-shine knobs and glazed wall units make the blue look extra crisp Suffolk kitchen painted in Navy, from £9,000, Neptune
FEATURE KATRINA HARPER-LEWIS PHOTOGRAPH KATIE LEE
Dark, moody “tones work well with pale worktops like Carrara marble or white quartz, which creates a clear and confident point of contrast
MIX AND MATCH Soften dark blue by using it on base units only and painting wall cabinets in cream Linear kitchen in Dulux Pebble Drift, from £18,000, Harvey Jones
CONTINENTAL STYLE Modern Italian kitchen design at its finest Miuccia in Midnight Blue; Davoli in Lacquered Blue; both from £40,000, Hub Kitchens
KARON READ, SENIOR KITCHEN DESIGNER, NEPTUNE
â€˜Our kitchen was so unwelcomingâ€™ Jane and Steve Beale turned their awkward L-shaped kitchen-diner with its poor layout and lack of storage into an open and practical space where they can enjoy family time
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Matt-finish units Modern, timeless and best for a light-filled room where gloss will create glare
Welcome to my home Jane Beale lives here with her husband Steve and sons, Thomas, 11, and Charlie, eight.
THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom Edwardian semi in West Malling, Kent.
WHAT IT COST Units.....................£8,100 Worktop..............£3,797 Bifold doors........£4,400 Sink and taps.........£486 Appliances..........£6,672 Flooring...............£2,314
TOTAL.........£25,769 ‘We saved up for our dream kitchen – an airy room opening out onto the garden,’ says Jane. ‘On my wish list was a double oven, a huge fridge, lots of cooking and prep space, and a big island. I’m not a minimalist, but I also wanted to have slab-front units that would be easy to clean’ For a similar kitchen, try the Infinity in Gullwing and Pebble, £172 for a W600mm base unit, Wren Kitchens
We love eating “together every morning at the island. Our kitchen is such a sunny space to be – it feels so inviting now
ZONED LIGHTING Downlighting is a great way to split up an open-plan space, creating pools of light over dining, prep and seating areas
JANE’S WINE FRIDGE? Turn to page 142 to find out more
ABOVE ‘Because of the old kitchen’s odd layout, I couldn’t keep an eye on the boys if they were in the garden,’ says Jane. ‘Now I can see them when they’re playing, and they do their homework at the table while I cook’ Medium Cohen silver pendants, £149 each, Heal’s. Five-burner gas hob, £464, Bosch range, Wren Kitchens
HOW JANE AND STEVE DID IT ‘Planning ideas on a moodboard before the extension was built helped us to get the result we wanted. It created a picture of our vision to share with the builder and kitchen designer, so we were all on the same page. We spent a lot of time choosing the units – the grey matt finish is timeless, but we added shine and colour with accessories. We lived in the house during the building work, which cost
around £40,000 and took six months – far longer than we anticipated. We had no kitchen for weeks, which was tricky with our young boys. Some of the unit doors were faulty, which caused further delay. The installation cost about £3,000. We waited for four years and saved up for our dream kitchen, and overall we’re really pleased. It’s perfect for our boys to play in and for us to entertain friends, too.’
BELOW ‘After living with dark wooden worktops for so long, I wanted to replace them with fresh, clean quartz,’ says Jane Quartz worktop, from £692 per m, Wren Kitchens. Panel painted in Urban Obsession matt emulsion, £17 for 2.5ltr, Dulux
FEATURE AND STYLING KATE MCPHEE PHOTOGRAPHS BRIDGET PEIRSON
LEFT Extending has opened out the new kitchen-diner, helping it feel less cramped and better connected to the front living room For a similar fridge-freezer, try the RF24FSEDBSR, £1,999, Samsung range, Ao.com. B45E52N3GB oven, £845, Neff range, Wren Kitchens. Marton flooring in natural oak, £160 per sq m, Neptune
ABOVE ‘I love retro shapes, so I chose dining chairs inspired by a Hans J Wegner design from the Fifties,’ says Jane. ‘Their black frames sit perfectly below the lowhanging black pendants’ For similar chairs, try the wishbone in black/natural, £139 each, Cult Furniture. 365+ Brasa light pendants, £39 each, Ikea
WHAT WE LEARNED
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WINE CUBBIES Integrated storage saves cupboard space
a separate utility room to hide away laundr y and washing. Another lesson learned was that it really worked doing the project over the summer, as we were able to have lots of alfresco barbecues when the kitchen was out of action!
Make it work for you JANE’S CHOICE: A WINE FRIDGE If you want a separate cooler to keep wine and fizz in tiptop condition, here’s everything you need to know As the evenings turn chilly and the festive season looms, there are plenty of excuses to crack open a bottle of wine. If you’re stocking up, it could be worth investing in a wine fridge – not only will it free up prime real estate in your fridge, it’ll also take special care of every bottle.
technology will keep wine still so it’s not spoilt by loose sediment, while a charcoal filter removes nasty odours that could taint the taste. If you’re choosing a fridge with a glass door, make sure that it has UV protection, as exposure to sunlight will speed up the ageing process and potentially ruin wine.
Why buy a wine cooler? Unlike a standard fridge, a wine cooler gives the precision chill needed to keep your bottles at their best. It will have at least one temperature-controlled zone, which you can alter depending on the wine type you want to store – ideally, you’ll want whites at 10-12°C, and reds at 12-16°C.
How does it preserve wine? Any cooler worth its salt needs humidity controls to keep enough moisture in the air to stop corks drying out, but not so much that mould will grow. Anti-vibration
What size do I need? It depends on whether you’re building a collection or just want a place to stash a few bottles for parties, and also on how much space you have. Capacities range from a few bottles up into the hundreds, with a wide choice of freestanding and built-in options across the board. Just remember that the space inside any fridge is measured by how many Bordeaux bottles it holds, so you’ll fit in less if you’re storing Champagne or Burgundy. Look out for a tilting presentation shelf, too, if you want to show off prized vintages.
Wine coolers store wine at its optimum “humidity of 60-70%, whereas standard fridges have a humidity level of just 30% ”
A wine cooler doesn’t just make the best of your bubbly – it frees up fridge space, too
TWARITA ARYA, PRODUCT MANAGER WHITE GOODS, HAIER
UNDER THE COUNTER This fridge holds 50 bottles on its oak shelves and has two temperature zones, so your reds and whites can live together happily. Plus, its low-vibration compressor is good for both your wine and your ears WS50GDBI, £359, Haier
RACK ’EM UP Budding sommeliers take note – you can store more than 10 cases of wine inside this dual-zone cooler. It has a presentation shelf up top, while its UV glass and fanassisted ventilation protect your vintages RF306RDWX1, £1,499, Fisher & Paykel range, Ao.com
SLIMLINE STASH Small enough to sit discreetly at the end of a run of units, this slender model still holds 19 bottles of your favourite tipple – perfect if you’re short on space and need to stock up for Christmas parties. Its temperature ranges from 5-22°C BWC3019FS, £379, Baumatic
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‘We rejigged the room to gain a walk-in shower’ Chris and Ray Evans used a clever trick to squeeze in a big walk-in shower, plus the statement roll-top bath they loved, when they updated their en-suite bathroom
The Evanses moved their roll-top bath to the centre of the room to free up a corner for a walk-in shower. As the bath was a back-to-wall design, they built a half-wall behind it Walls painted in Polished Pebble Endurance+ matt emulsion, £29.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Bespoke glass screen, £1,074; Atacama Marengo floor tiles, £47 per sq m; all InStil Design
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GLASS WALL A false half-wall and glass screen separate the bath and walk-in shower
Welcome to my home Chris Evans lives here with her husband Ray.
CHRIS’S ROLL-TOP BATH? Turn to page 148 to find out more
A five-bedroom detached house near Newbury, Berkshire, built in the 1880s.
WHAT IT COST Shower.................£3,735 Furniture................£1,796 Sanitaryware........£1,235 Taps.......................£1,800 Tiles.......................£1,200 Radiator....................£216 Paint............................£54
After having a shower cubicle, it’s wonderful to now use a walk-in shower, and I love the bench shelving inside it, too
HOW CHRIS AND RAY DID IT ‘After 15 years, our en suite’s blue and yellow scheme was looking tired and the fittings needed replacing. We both liked the bath and wanted to keep it, but as it is a corner style, we thought we would have to keep it in the same position. Martina Landhed from InStil Design came up with the idea of moving it into the centre of the room and building a low wall for it to sit against. This created space for a big walk-in shower behind it and gave us more head height for the
shower. The work took just over three weeks and the fitting and building work cost around £9,500. Ray painted the bath himself. Martina suggested putting a cupboard above the loo, but we decided just to have a vanity unit under the basin – now our children have f lown the nest, we don’t have a problem with a lack of storage! Lighting was important to us, so we included marker lights to illuminate the shower, as well as ambient lighting, which creates a relaxing atmosphere.’
BELOW ‘Changing the layout meant we could move the loo to the corner where the bath used to be – so much nicer than having it opposite the door,’ says Chris. The half-wall provides a useful surface. ‘I put a row of candles there in the evening,’ she says Omega 30 flush plate, £101; Sfera wall-hung loo, £435; Atacama rectified wall tiles in Gris and Marengo, both £47 per sq m; all InStil Design
IDEAL HOME Corner roll-tops Bringing five-star luxury to standardsized bathrooms
FEATURE AND STYLING JO MESSENGER PHOTOGRAPHS FRASER MARR
The wall mirror is fitted with LED lighting and a handy demister pad Grey vanity unit, £1,202; Luna/Zaro framed mirror, £594; both InStil Design
BENCH SHELF Perfect for leg-shaving and holding lots of toiletries Ray painted an old cupboard to match the bath For a similar red paint, try Garnet Symphony 2 Paint Mixing Eggshell, £36.23 for 2.5ltr, Dulux ABOVE The shower controls are positioned at the entrance of the walk-in shower, so the Evanses can wait for the water to warm up before stepping underneath the flow Axor Montreux thermostatic mixer with diverter valve, £700; Axor Montreux shower set, £480; both Hansgrohe range; classic fixed ceiling showerhead and ceiling arm, £190; all InStil Design
WHAT WE LEARNED
You can’t always find the colour “you’re looking for on a paint chart. We discovered some towels in the shade of red we wanted for the exterior of the roll-top bath and our local paint supplier colour matched the paint for us
Make it work for you CHRIS’S CHOICE: A TRADITIONAL ROLL-TOP BATH Designed for both comfort and style, here’s the lowdown on why a roll-top tub could be your bathroom’s crowning glory When they were invented in the 1800s, roll-top baths were very much a status symbol and were usually elevated and placed in the centre of the room. Today, a roll-top still creates a dramatic statement, whether in a modern or traditional bathroom.
Which shape is best? As the name implies, the rim has a stylish rolled edge, but they come in diﬀerent shapes. The slipper is higher at one end for comfy lounging, while the doubleended bateau is ideal for two. Aim for a good width at shoulder level.
Do they come in diﬀerent materials? Enamelled cast iron is the most authentic, but you might have to get your ﬂoor reinforced to take the weight. They also come in copper and tin, and acrylic, which
is less expensive, but look for models that are well insulated and reinforced for rigidity.
What about the feet? Claw or wood-block feet reveal the ﬂoor underneath, which can make small rooms appear bigger, but it does mean the plumbing is visible. A plinth design, where the bath sits ﬂush to the ﬂoor, is neater and conceals waste pipes.
‘We chose the perfect shade of red to give it some punch,’ says Chris
And taps? Floor-standing taps are designed for centrally positioned roll-tops and boost the wow factor (see our pick below). Integrated or wall-mounted taps are better if your bath is against a wall.
Any disadvantages? With nowhere to rest a glass or bottle of shampoo, you will need a table, trolley or bath rack.
Always dry test a roll-top for comfort “before you buy. It will also help you to get a feel for the different materials available ” IDEAL HOME LOVES… FLOOR-STANDING BATH FILLERS
TRAD APPEAL The design is Victorian, but this British-made filler has modern discflow control for drip-free delivery 3525 bath filler in chrome, £957, Perrin & Rowe range, The Cast Iron Bath Co
TALL ORDER Just add sleek chrome legs to turn Crosswater’s popular Totti mixer taps into a freestanding version Totti bath filler in chrome with legs, £578, Crosswater
STYLISH LOOKS With a neat hand-held shower attachment, this contemporary thermostatic filler is as practical as it is beautiful Tubo 14 in chrome, £1,465, Victoria + Albert range, PT Ranson
IN THE FLOW A waterfall-style spout never fails to impress. Singlelever operation also makes this easy to use Plaza Waterfall floor-mounted tap in chrome, £250, Victorian Plumbing
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‘We made our ugly bungalow beautiful’ Ann Watkinson and Melise Jones gave a Seventies eyesore a major makeover (and loads of kerb appeal)
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The original façade was dated and unappealing
truggling for space in their Victorian home, Ann Watkinson and her partner Melise Jones moved to a larger – but uglier – Seventies chalet bungalow nearby in Sheffield. SPACE OVER STYLE
‘Nobody understood our choice to buy a big, dated house,’ says Ann, ‘but we wanted space for guests, a study and a playroom for the grandchildren. The house was unappealing in every way, so we knew it’d be a real project.’ Adding a new roof, windows, doors and smart cladding has transformed the house
The small plot meant that extending wasn’t viable, so the couple overhauled the outside instead. ‘We used local architects Coda Bespoke (0114 279 6003; codastudios.co.uk),’ says Ann. ‘They came up with the cladding by the front door, which extends up and along to act as external blinds to our loo and en suite.’
Welcome to my home PROPERTY A four-bedroom, Seventies chalet bungalow in Sheffield.
‘We didn’t need planning, so it all happened quickly,’ says Ann. ‘The roof was replaced with modern concrete tiles, and the plastic windows and doors with aluminium-framed versions. Now it’s so much lighter, and we have all the space we need.’
Ann Watkinson lives here with her partner, Melise Jones. Ann is a retired consultant and Melise works in IT.
Ann and Melise bought the house in July 2015 for £435,000. It is now worth more than £525,000.
WHAT IT COST Building work.....£32,000
Roof ......................... £9,000 Doors and windows ............... £10,000 Larch cladding....... £3,000 Kitchen.................... £4,500 Bathrooms ............. £4,000 Decoration ............. £3,000 TOTAL ..............£65,500
not afraid “of aWe’re challenge, and we knew it could be our dream home
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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
Aluminium windows Lee Vaughan, Anglian Home Improvements’ product development director, has the lowdown
THEY ARE GROWING IN POPULARITY Aluminium windows are increasingly being chosen for renovation and new-build projects, thanks to their strength, durability, low maintenance and contemporary design.
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ABOVE New sliding aluminium-framed doors open the dining area onto the patio and ﬂood the space with natural light LEFT A roof light has replaced the old dormer window in what is now a playroom for grandchildren
PRICES ARE COMPETITIVE Aluminium windows have a reputation for being more expensive than timber or UPVC alternatives, but prices are coming down and there are no repainting costs to budget for.
THEY OFFER SLIM FRAME EDGES… The strength of aluminium means that the window frames are discreet, so sightlines are less interrupted, more light is let in and they have a sleeker look.
WHAT WE LEARNED
You can reinvent a house without “spending a fortune. It wouldn’t have been worth spending lots of money on this property as the costs would never be recovered, so we concentrated on big changes which have real impact
… AS WELL AS BEING ENERGY EFFICIENT Aluminium once had a reputation for not being particularly thermally efficient, but with today’s modern designs this is no longer the case.
THEY COME IN A CHOICE OF COLOURS They are usually ﬁnished with a hard-wearing powder coating, which should be perfectly smooth and unpitted.
DECEMBER’S GENIUS PROBLEM SOLVERS Keep your home running smoothly and stress levels low with these clever finds and fixes
THE INFLATABLE GUEST BED Got a full house this Christmas? An Aerobed mattress can self-inflate in a matter of minutes with its rechargeable automatic pump and is double the height of a traditional airbed, so your guests won’t feel like they’re sleeping on the floor. Priced from £210 for a double bed, Aerobed.
THE BEST FESTIVE APRONS
Ideal Home Tip Can’t face cramming the tree into your car? Get it delivered by Good Elf – prices start at £49.99 for a trad tree. For an extra £30, they’ll come back to collect it THE WRAP STAR You’ll have that mountain of pressies giftwrapped in no time with Scotch’s Pop-Up tape handband dispenser, £3.49, from Ryman. Wear it on top of your hand and simply peel off the pre-cut strips of clear sticky tape. Easy!
THE GOOD-BEHAVIOUR GUARANTEE
Fix the Portable North Pole’s elf door (£15, John Lewis) to a wall to encourage Santa’s elves to visit your home and check who’s been naughty or nice. It also comes with a code for a personalised video from the big man himself. The best £15 you’ll spend this season.
1 £20, New House Textiles 2 £20, Cath Kidston 3 £8, By Sainsbury’s
THE BEST CHRISTMAS-LUNCH PREP HELPERS
SPROUT TRIMMER Removes the core and loosens the outer leaves £7.95, Dexam
Ideal Home Tip Make it easier for guests to find the loo in the middle of the night by putting a night-light on your landing
GRAVY SKIMMER Ensures the grease rises to the top, so you can bin it From £12, Oxo
AUTO PEELER Let this battery-operated peeler do all the hard work
THE WREATH HOOK These handy over-thedoor hooks are perfect for hanging a wreath or festive sign on your front door without having to bang in a nail or drawing pin, or resort to swathes of sticky tape.
£2.50 each, Roman at Home
THE TREE SKIRT
More functional than fabulous, your typical artificial-tree stand is pretty ugly, so invest in a stylish cover-up this year. Our vote goes to Rowen & Wren’s beautiful Tilly design, £42. It provides plenty of coverage, while the classic neutral linen fabric will blend seamlessly into your decorating scheme.
THE SAFETY ESSENTIAL Invest in a fire blanket or extinguisher, so that if the very worst happens, you can minimise the damage as soon as possible.
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THE EXTRA HOB
Do you always run out of hob space when cooking the Christmas lunch? Then Ikea’s Tillreda portable induction hob, £35, is for you. It boils water in a jiffy and takes up very little space when stored away. As with all induction technology, you can’t use aluminium-based pans and it’s best avoided if you (or a member of your family) have a pacemaker fitted.
THE PARCEL STORE Never miss a delivery with a Brizebox at your door. A courier can leave your package in the top box and, with a twist of the knob, it’s dropped into a secure drawer below. £228, Brizebox
TECH SUPPORT HOW TO WIN AT BLACK FRIDAY It’s one of the biggest sales of the year and a great way to blitz the Christmas shopping, but while Black Friday throws up some amazing oﬀers, sadly some are just too good to be true. Follow our guide, and you can make sure you’re always getting a great deal
What is Black Friday?
Are the bargains as good as they seem?
A tradition in the United States since the Fifties, Black Friday comes immediately after Thanksgiving and is when shops slash prices to encourage Christmas shopping. Asda and Amazon brought it to the UK in 2010 and other brands followed suit, but bunfights over bargains in some stores have led it to become mostly an online affair over here.
There are some great deals – last year we spotted a Nespresso machine, Lego sets and a Miele vacuum at less than half price. However, some retailers use Black Friday as an opportunity to clear out old stock, or even increase the prices of items beforehand to make the deals look better on the day.
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Become a VIP! Lots of retailers release Black Friday deals to their VIP members first, so sign up to their newsletters. If you don’t want to be inundated, set up an account specifically for marketing emails
How can I avoid being ripped off?
‘It’s easy to get carried away, so make a list of what you want in advance,’ advises Danny Munday, general manager of HotUKDeals. It also pays to read reviews and note the RRPs of the models you like, so you know you’re getting a genuine deal. ‘Check the shipping costs before you order, too,’ adds Danny. ‘Some brands charge so much for postage, it cancels out any savings.’
Ideal Home tip
Will my purchases arrive by Christmas?
It’s not guaranteed, so check the estimated delivery times and factor in a few extra days on top. Due to
the amount of people shopping at the same time, some parcels take longer to arrive than usual.
company address, phone number and email listed, and contact them in advance for ease of mind.
How long have I got to get these promotions?
Some deals sell out in seconds, so be ready to make a quick decision and have your card details to hand.
Should I buy from a website I don’t know?
There are fake sites, so make sure the one you’re buying from has a
I’ve nervous of buying online. Any tips?
Pay by credit card or Paypal for added security, and when you enter your details, ensure that the web address starts with https:// (the ‘s’ stands for secure) and that a padlock appears in front of the URL or in the browser frame. If you’re not sure, don’t risk it.
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CLEAN IT QUICKER THE CHRISTMAS TABLE Everything you need to minimise mess and clear the carnage after Christmas lunch
THE CRUMB CLEARER This cordless hand-held vacuum cleaner is also great all year round for stairs, corners, the car and for those with hairy pets and food-flinging babies
THE HAND WIPERS Whisk these kind-to-the-skin baby wipes over mucky pups’ hands to prevent Christmas dinner being transferred to toys, chairs and door handles
THE BIN BAGS Keep one of these festive bin bags close to hand to shove used giftwrap, paper hats and food packaging into. And, yes, they’re biodegradable
Multi, £149, Gtech
80p for 80, Sainsbury’s
£10 for 12, Find Me A Gift
THE SPECIALIST SCOURERS These non-scratch scourers are the best we’ve tried in ages – perfect for tackling quality crystal and dirty pans, as well as the turkey roasting tin
Ideal Home tip If you need to leave pans to soak, add a little biological washing powder or liquid to the water – the enzymes in it will attack any stuck-on food
THE STAIN BLITZER Keep it on standby for the inevitable moment someone knocks over the red wine reaching for the bread sauce. Works on fruit juice stains, too £6.99, Lakeland
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£1.19 for a two, Marigold
THE WASHABLE RUNNER Protect your tablecloth with this 100% cotton star runner. Just bung it in the wash after dinner and it’ll be ready to use again for Boxing Day brunch
THE CLEAN SWEEPER Swish up all the dropped food, discarded cracker shells and paper napkins in one neat move with Nature’s pan and brush set, no crawling under the table required
THE BARGAIN DETERGENT Lidl’s W5 All-in-One dishwasher tablets work out at a thrifty 8p per wash and contain salt and rinse aid, too. Good to know when the dishwasher’s always on…
£14, John Lewis
£19.99, Clas Ohlson
£3.49 for 40 tablets, Lidl
What is true warmth? True warmth isnâ€™t something you can touch; it isnâ€™t something you can see but it is something you can feel. It is the feeling of genuine happiness. It is the feeling of security and comfort. It is a feeling that you and your family can experience in your own home.
Discover your true warmth truewarmth.co.uk
CLEANING TECH 5 BEST DISHWASHERS All dishwashers earn their keep over the busy festive season, but with their clever wash cycles, special features and even smart technology (not to mention sleek good looks), these models will be kitchen superheroes every day of the year
1 THE BEST FOR BIG STUFF No one likes hand-washing the vases, platters and baking dishes that are too big for the dishwasher, so Indesit’s eXtra-size cycle lets you take out the top basket and stack large items in the bottom. It also has a soak cycle and 30min quick wash. DFP 27T94A W60cm dishwasher, £320, Indesit
2 THE DREAM Yeah, we know it’s pricey, but this really has everything, from app controls to a door that opens automatically at the end of a programme so your dishes are able to dry quickly. LED lighting makes loading easier and the 11 cycles include one that uses just 6.5ltr of water. G6997 SCVi XXL K2O prestige dishwasher, £2,150, Miele
4 THE HEAD TURNER Talk about scrubbing up nicely – Smeg’s is surely the prettiest pot washer of them all. It holds 13 place settings and has 10 programmes, including Crystal for smear-free glasses, a 27min quick wash and Strong & Fast, which promises to remove tough dirt in less than an hour.
3 THE SKINNY FIT
DI6FABR2 W60cm semi-integrated dishwasher, £589, Smeg
This space saver holds 10 place settings and has an impressive 10 cycles. Our pick is AquaFlex, which uses two water pressures to gently wash glass in the top basket, while blasting pans below DFS28R20B W45cm dishwasher, £249, Beko
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THE SMART ONE You can control this machine with an app. Tell it what you’re washing and it suggests the best cycle, you’ll get alerts if you need to top up the salt or clean the filter, and you can see how long a cycle has to run, all from your phone. Wizard DYM 762T W60cm dishwasher, £500, Hoover
STORE & ORGANISE CHILLED FOOD Before the Big Christmas Shop arrives, get your fridge in order with these clever solutions to create maximum space for cheese and prosecco (oh, and the turkey…) THE FRUIT & VEG KEEPER Organise your fridge and extend the life of fruit and veg with Oxo’s GreenSaver boxes – their carbon filters absorb the gas fresh produce emits, delaying decay From £14 for a 1.5ltr produce keeper, Oxo
THE BOWL COVERS Less wasteful than clingfilm for protecting bowls of leftovers in the fridge, these reusable stretchy cotton covers are pretty enough to be seen on the dinner table, too £12.50 for six, Hen & Hammock
THE ONION PRESERVER Got half an onion left that’ll stink out the fridge? Pop it in this handy holder £2.99, Dunelm
THE STOPPER Free your bottle of bubbly of its teaspoon topper by investing in Le Creuset’s Crown Champagne stopper, which has an airtight seal to keep fizz fizzier for longer £28.95, Divertimenti
Ideal Home Tip To clear valuable space, empty your fridge of eggs, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas and garlic – they’re all better when not chilled
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THE MULTIPURPOSE LID Use these dishwasher-safe silicone ‘lids’ from Kitchen Craft to seal up any open jars, cans, bottles and pots £5.99 for four different-sized silicone tops, Robert Dyas
THE CHEESE STORE With a perforated tray to help airflow, this cheese saver container will keep your fromage fresh £6.95, Stuff For The Kitchen
THE HERB HELPER Make herbs last longer with this handy box from Cole & Mason. It fits snugly in the fridge door and has three removable partitions, you won’t mistakenly mix your flat-leaf parsley with your coriander again £13.89, Lakeland
THE BOTTLE STACKER Store bottles and cans in your fridge without causing a beeralanche every time you open the door with these clever plastic RakaStaka racks. They come in three sizes for wine bottles, beer bottles and cans Cans, £5.45 for two; beer, £5.95 for three; wine, £7.95 for two; all RakaStaka.com
KITCHEN TECH 5 BEST COFFEE MACHINES One drink – so many ways to make it. However you take your coﬀee, we’ve got gadgets that do the job brilliantly at a fraction of the cost of barista-made (there’s even one that turns instant granules into an indulgent mocha). Our Tech Editor spills the beans…
1 THE INSTANT WHIZZ Can US brands such as Sudden and Voilà make instant coﬀee cool again? We’ll see, but for now, this machine can ‘upgrade’ your granules – add a scoop and some milk (it takes any kind), then twist a dial for a spot-on latte or cappuccino in less than a minute. It does a mean hot choc or mocha, too. Moments hot drinks maker, £100, Breville
2 THE SCIENTIFIC SIPHON In the crazy, mad-scientist world of coﬀee, siphon brewing is so hot right now. Your water goes at the bottom and grounds at the top. Then, as the water boils it’s forced into the upper chamber, where your drink brews before it’s sucked back down through a ﬁlter. The result? A coﬀee that’s aromatic, intense and utterly delicious. Siphon Artisan coffee brewer, £160, KitchenAid
4 THE HAVE-A-GO HERO If you live for your Sunday morning coﬀee ritual, this hands-on machine is a dream come true. It’s as well-built as anything you’d ﬁnd in a coﬀee house, with dual-boilers so you can steam milk and pour espresso at the same time. The cost equates to a little more than 500 Starbucks tall cappuccinos, but to an enthusiast, it’s worth every penny.
The dual-boiler coffee machine, £1,200, Sage by Heston Blumenthal
5 THE ONE TO WAKE UP TO Have a freshly brewed cuppa waiting for you in the morning with this app-controlled machine. Pop in a Nespresso pod the night before, then either schedule a brewing time in advance, or wing it and hit ‘brew now’ as you emerge from your duvet. The app also lets you pick the size and strength of your drink, check how many pods you have left and order more. Prodigio & Milk pod coffee machine, £200, Nespresso
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THE BEAN-TO-CUP BARISTA Making ‘proper’ coﬀee can be a faﬀ, but not so with this does-it-all option. Fill it with beans and water (it’s got huge capacities for both) then pour milk into the carafe and it’ll serve any drink you fancy. It’s great at ‘texturing’ (frothing to you and me), and big buttons up front make using it a doddle. Anima XL bean-to-cup coffee machine, £849, Gaggia
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FOOD WITH FRIENDS
Christmas lunch with a twist Want something different to cook this year instead of the traditional roast turkey? Give friends and family a treat with this delicious alternative festive feast
MENU Crab & tomato crostini Roast rib of beef with red wine gravy Smoked salmon puff SautĂŠed sprouts, sugar snaps & beans Rosemary roasties with garlic & chilli
Crab & tomato crostini See page 168 for recipe
Peach & salted caramel trifle
SIMPLE PLEASURES FESTIVE LUNCH
CREATE SPECIAL PLACE SETTINGS For each place setting, spray-paint a pear silver. Leave to dry, then apply a second coat. While they’re drying, write the name of each guest on a fresh leaf in silver pen. Attach the leaves to the stalks of the dried pears using florist’s wire or ribbon. Tie each set of cutlery together with a length of silver ribbon and lay on top of the napkin, placing the silver pear next to it on the plate or placemat.
Roast rib of beef with red wine gravy See page 168 for recipe
PREFER TURKEY? SEE IDEAL HOME’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS
Rosemary roasties with garlic & chilli See page 168 for recipe
Sautéed sprouts, sugar snaps & beans See page 168 for recipe
IDEAL HOME LOVES
Smoked salmon pu ff See page 168 for recipe
Table games ACTING UP After Dinner Dip Sticks charades, £9, Oliver Bonas
KNOW IT ALL Games Room Brain Teasers quiz, £8, Ridley’s range, Wild & Wolf
PERSONALITY TEST Who Am I? game, £8.50, Talking Tables
IDEAL HOME TIP Keep kids entertained while they wait for their food by giving them placemats to colour in. Try the personalised reindeer placemat, 90p, Chi Chi Moi range, Notonthehighstreet.com
Peach & salted caramel trifle See page 168 for recipe
Serves 8 Takes 10min INGREDIENTS 340g white crabmeat 5 cherry tomatoes, chopped into small pieces 3tbsp chopped fresh basil 1 red chilli, ﬁnely chopped ½tbsp crème fraîche Juice and zest of 1 lime 24 crostini A few rocket leaves
1 Mix the white crabmeat with the chopped cherry tomatoes, basil, chilli, crème fraîche, lime juice and some salt and freshly ground black pepper.
2 Spoon the mixture onto the crostini. Top each one with the rocket leaves and a little lime zest. Serve immediately, so the crostini don’t go soggy.
Roast rib of beef with red wine gravy Serves 8 Takes 2hr 25min plus resting time
Smoked salmon pu ff Serves 8-10 Takes 2hr plus chilling time
INGREDIENTS 3kg rib of beef, chined by the butcher 3tbsp grated horseradish 5tbsp wholegrain mustard 3 red onions, halved FOR THE GRAVY 500ml strong beef stock 200ml full-bodied red wine, such as Shiraz 2tsp cornﬂour
INGREDIENTS 250g ricotta 2tbsp capers, drained and chopped Zest of 2 lemons 1tbsp horseradish sauce 15g fresh dill, chopped 15g fresh chives, snipped 125g smoked-salmon trimmings 2 x 500g packs of puff pastry 25g ﬁne white breadcrumbs 2 x 500g skinless, boneless salmon ﬁllets 1 egg, beaten
1 Preheat the oven to 200˚C/
1 In a bowl, mix the ricotta, capers,
400˚F/Gas 6. Weigh your rib of beef to get a rough idea of the cooking time – allow 15min, then 40min per kg for medium rare.
lemon zest, horseradish, dill, chives and smoked-salmon trimmings.
Put the beef in a roasting tin. Season all over with salt and black pepper. Mix the horseradish and mustard together and put over the beef fat. Place the onions around the beef. Roast for 15min, then turn the oven down to 190˚C/ 375˚F/Gas 5 and cook for your calculated cooking time – in this case, around 2hr.
3 Remove the beef from the oven and leave to rest, lightly covered with foil to keep it warm. Make the gravy by simmering the stock and the wine with the roasted red onions and any juices from the beef. Once the alcohol has burned off, strain the gravy, then add the cornflour mixed with a little cold water to thicken.
On a ﬂoured surface, roll out one pack of pastry to create a 5mmthick rectangle that’s 5cm larger all around than the salmon ﬁllet. Place the pastry on a greased, lined baking tray, sprinkle breadcrumbs over the middle and put a salmon ﬁllet in the centre. Season well.
3 Spread the ricotta mix onto the salmon and top with the other ﬁllet. Roll out the other pack of pastry 10cm larger all around than the ﬁrst. Brush the edges with egg. Put the pastry on top of the salmon and press down. Trim any excess to create a 4cm border, then crimp the edges to seal. Stamp out stars from the trimmings and use to decorate. Brush the pastry with egg. Chill for 1hr.
4 Preheat the oven to 200˚C/ 400˚F/Gas 6, then bake the salmon for 40min until the pastry is golden. Rest for 10min before slicing.
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Crab & tomato crostini
Sautéed sprouts, sugar snaps & beans
Rosemary roasties with garlic & chilli
Peach & salted caramel trifle
Serves 8 Takes 15min
Serves 8 Takes 1hr 15min
Serves 8-10 Takes 30min plus chilling time
INGREDIENTS 250g Brussel sprouts, halved if they are large 250g green beans, trimmed 250g sugar-snap peas 2tbsp chopped shallots 1 garlic clove, ﬁnely chopped 75g butter 3 stalks lemon thyme, leaves only Splash of dry white wine
INGREDIENTS 1.2kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut in half 6tbsp goose fat 1-2tsp Maldon sea salt 4 garlic cloves, bashed Couple of stalks fresh rosemary, bashed Pinch of chilli ﬂakes
1 Steam all the vegetables for 3-5min, until they are just tender. Refresh them quickly under cold running water and set aside.
Sauté the shallots and garlic in the butter for around 5min, until very soft. Add the thyme and wine, cook until bubbling and the wine has reduced slightly, then toss the cooked vegetables in the buttery sauce. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
1 Preheat the oven to 200˚C/ 400˚F/Gas 6. Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water for 10min. Drain them, bashing them in the colander, then put back into the dry pan with a lid and leave to steam dry. You can prep the potatoes ahead of time up to this point, then put in a bag with 1tsp olive oil until they are needed.
Put the goose fat in a large roasting tin and heat in the oven until steaming. Add the potatoes and toss well to coat them in the oil. Add the sea salt, garlic, rosemary and chilli flakes to the tin, and toss to mix well. Roast in the oven for 40-50min, turning the potatoes occasionally.
INGREDIENTS 8 madeleine sponges 2 x 400g jars halved peaches in brandy 1tbsp brandy 397g tinned Carnation Caramel 1tsp Maldon sea salt 1ltr ready-made vanilla custard 284ml double cream 2tbsp icing sugar 1tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 2tbsp toffee sauce Handful of hazelnuts or macadamia nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1 Arrange the madeleines in the bottom of a large, deep trifle dish. Strain the peaches, reserving the liquor from just one of the jars. Slice the peaches, then place them on top of the madeleines. Pour over the reserved peach liquor from the jar and the brandy.
Mix the tinned caramel with the sea salt and pour over the peaches and sponge. Spoon the custard on top. Put the trifle in the fridge to chill while you whip the double cream.
3 Add the icing sugar and vanilla to the double cream and whisk to soft peaks. Spoon onto the caramel. Chill for at least 30min. Just before serving, drizzle toffee sauce onto the cream and top the trifle with the chopped toasted nuts.
Lay a beautiful Christmas table A wonderful ambience is as important as good food when entertaining family and friends at Christmas. Make sure your table is dressed to impress with one of these fail-safe looks... TOP CHECK Tartan napkins, £8 for four, Ruskin House range, John Lewis
Red tablecloth, £14.99; linen tablecloth, £19.99; mugs, £4.99 each; plates, £4.99 each; candleholders, £6.99 each; cushion covers, from £3.99 each; all H&M
PATTERNED HANDLES 32-piece vintage cutlery set, £29.99, HomeSense
ELEGANT SHAPE Hand-made crystal white wine glass, £24 for four, Next
COUNTRY FLORAL Sketched Berry dinner plate, £4, By Sainsbury’s
JOLLY HOLLY Botanical Christmas crackers, £10 for six, Talking Tables
SIMPLE DISPLAY Tall white candleholder, £69, Scandi Living
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FESTIVE FRAGRANCE Small Christmas spice candle, £10, By Sainsbury’s
SIMPLE PLEASURES CLASSIC LOOK 16-piece vintagestyle cutlery set, £29.50, Marks & Spencer DELICATE EDGES Sorano china dinner plate, £12, Oka
LOVELY LINEN Linen napkins, £4.99 each, Zara Home
PRETTY IN PINK Glass Christmas tree candleholder, £5, Selfridges
ETCHED GLASS Maison ﬂora wine glass, £6, John Lewis
Luis dinner plates, £15 each; Luis bowls, £12 each; Luis charger plates, £30 each; Saga marble candlesticks, £57.50 for three, Broste Copenhagen range; Richard Hutten silver candlesticks, £188 each, Skultuna range; all Amara
Shibori dinnerware, from £10 for a side plate, Living by Christiane Lemieux range; beaded charger plates, £18 each; carafe, £38; wine glasses, £14 each; all Biba range; all House of Fraser
SOFT PALETTE Rustic foliage crackers, £25 for 10, Linea range, House of Fraser
WASHED WOOD Star candle, £3.99, HomeSense EMBOSSED PATTERN Darwin dinner plate, £7, Marks & Spencer
BROWN PAPER Kraft snowﬂake crackers, £15 for 12, Snowshill range, John Lewis
POP OF BLACK 24-piece black cutlery set, £29.99, Argos
FROSTY FEELING Severn wine glass in Frost, £12, Amara HAND-DRAWN DESIGN Stag & Mistletoe napkins, £11.50 for four, Thornback & Peel
IDEAL HOME EDIT
Serve up a festive showstopper We’ve sampled, scoffed and supped our way through heaps of Christmas treats so that you can enjoy a ‘ta dah!’ moment or two at the dinner table. You’re welcome! ‘Noel’ tiffin, £12, Taste the Difference range, Sainsbury’s
The festive message What this dessert lacks in theatre, it certainly makes up for in taste. We defy you not to like Sainsbury’s festive four-lettered dessert: a mix of milk and dark Belgian chocolate, shortcake biscuits, dried cranberries and raisins, finished with a gold coating to make it extra special. Reveal dessert, £12, Finest* range, Tesco Christmas Pudding Smash cake, £13, Asda
The secret centre
The melting dome
One for the younger crowd, this chocolate dome comes with marshmallow frosting and sugar holly leaves. Give it a piñata-style wallop with a spoon and the shell will crack open to release choc-covered malt balls and sugar stars on a chocolatefrosted sponge cake. A bit naughty, but very nice.
Another ‘hidden treasure’ dessert, Tesco’s Belgian gold-flecked chocolate dome comes with pot of caramel sauce that you heat before drizzling over the top. This instantly melts the crisp shell to reveal a rich, delicately layered dessert of chocolate brownie, mousse and hazelnuts.
SIMPLE PLEASURES Serrano ham joint with knife and stand, £30, Marks & Spencer
The cheese centrepiece Christmas isn’t complete without a cheese platter and we’ve found a corker that will feed up to 20 people, with plenty of crowd-pleasing Cheddar. Made in Somerset with milk from organic cows, this striking cheese tower weighs in at 2.4kg and includes a kilo of hand-made brie, a 1kg waxed vintage Cheddar truckle and 200g oak-smoked vintage Cheddar, topped with a 200g vintage Cheddar heart.
Celebration cheese cake tower, £64 for 2.4kg, Godminster range, Ocado
The deli-style meat platter While this isn’t a platter in the true sense, this deboned 12-month-matured Serrano ham joint is certainly more impressive than the cured-meat mix often dished up at Christmas. It comes with a stand and carving knife, so you can slice off as much (or as little) of the melt-in-the-mouth meat as you like. Boxing Day buffets will never be the same again.
The ultimate smoked salmon Britain’s oldest artisan salmon smoker, H Forman & Son, has teamed up with Aldi this Christmas to offer some of the best smoked salmon we’ve tasted in ages. Cured with a little salt and smoked over oak, the result is a delicately flavoured fish at an amazingly low price – a similar amount direct from H Forman & Son would cost three times as much. It’s available in store from 19 December, until stocks last.
Exquisite rope-hung smoked Scottish salmon, £14.99 for 700g, Aldi
IDEAL HOME LOVES
Supermarket wines under £20
We asked Christelle Guibert, tastings director at Decanter magazine, for her top Christmas picks WHITE
Heirloom Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2015 The 2015 vintage of this organic wine is fresh and light, balanced with stone fruit and melon flavours. Just the thing to enjoy with a salmon dish
Graham Beck ‘The Rhona’ Brut Rosé, South Africa NV A fantastic-value New World sparkling rosé, this is surprisingly complex for the price tag. Enjoy as an aperitif, as well as with a light seafood starter
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A great alternative to the classic iced dried-fruit variety, this delicious bake will fill your home with the scent of Christmas Makes A 20cm sq cake Takes 1hr 35min plus cooling time FOR THE CAKE 225g salted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 4 star anise, broken into pieces 225g caster sugar ½tsp ground cinnamon 2tsp vanilla extract 4 medium eggs, beaten 350g selfraising ﬂour 150g white chocolate, chopped 4tbsp full-fat milk Icing sugar Paper doily, with a star cut out of the centre (try the Party Porcelain Gold, £4 for 24, Talking Tables)
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4 Rest the doily on the top of the cake to act as a stencil and dust with the icing sugar. Lift off the doily, leaving behind the pattern.
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Light the way Reinvent an old jar (or buy 12 for £7.99 at Lakeland) by popping a tealight inside, then hang a few along the garden path
Make your shed magical Turn a garden room into a grotto by stringing up warm white berry lights, £13 for 120 at Homebase
Decorate outdoors for Christmas Try these ideas to make your home’s entrance, balcony or garden welcoming over the holidays
Greet guests Make your topiary twinkle Give a simple shrub a festive glow by covering it with a battery powered fairylight net, £12.99 at Lights4fun
Kids will love being welcomed by this light-up snowman figure, £40 from Wilko
Adopt a reindeer Simply plug in Cox & Cox’s weather-resistant deer, from £75, for a little majestic glamour
Pile up the pressies Stuck for a last-minute idea? Place these light-up presents (£20 for two at Wilko) up the steps and either side of the front door
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Give a plain fence a chic update with a row of frosted garlands, such as Amara’s bark, leaf and pine-cone wreaths, from £35 each
Have an outdoor Christmas tree Set the scene with a stately spruce – this one’s from a range starting at £19.99, with poinsettia clips, £3.99 each from Dobbies Garden Centres
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