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Welcome Vanessa Vanessa Richmond, Editor
It wouldn’t be a Richmond Family Christmas without some kind of drama or crisis – we’ve had more than our fair share over the years, including trips to A&E, relationship break-ups and even, in 2012, my sister giving birth (Royle Family style) on Christmas morning. But the great thing about all of this trauma is that we don’t sweat the small stuff any more. We could end up eating cheese on toast instead of a turkey dinner, get a power cut or have all our presents stolen, and it would still be a perfect Christmas as long as we were together and safe.
STYLING SARITA SHARMA PHOTOGRAPH DOMINIC BLACKMORE
So, enjoy making festive plans and filling up on ideas from this issue of Ideal Home – it’s loaded with them! But, as long as you’ve got the people you love within reach, they’re all just lovely icing on the cake. Have a very peaceful and happy Christmas!
146 What’s new 9 You deserve... ...to raise a glass
10 How to add wow! Fabulous finishing touches
13 The shortlist Glamorous bar carts
14 Need to know What’s hot this month
17 Treats on repeat Presents by subscription
18 Tailor-made gifts Personalised treats
21 Kit gifts For crafters and foodies
22 Timeless style Must-have pieces from the Ideal Home range at Very
27 Ideal Home loves... All-year decorations
Real homes 30 ‘We found a lot to love under the Fifties decor’
50 ‘We turned an unloved wreck into a cosy home’
68 ‘We let the period features sing out’
88 ‘This house has got a lot of soul’
Style & decor 42 The new way to do Deco style
47 Style hero Meet design icon Jasper Conran
61 Colours we love Petrol blue
78 Save 15% at Neville Johnson
79 One living room three ways Just start with three key pieces…
100 40 easy style updates Clever tricks and smart buys
162 Beautiful possibilities Festive place settings
Before & after 112 ‘We gained space without extending’
118 ‘The three-metre island is the star!’
124 ‘It all started with this amazing bath…’
To ﬁnd all the stockists in this issue, turn to page 160
130 ‘We turned an old barn into our dream home’
Simple pleasures 138 Ideal Home travel offer –
135 ‘We redid the back of our
discover South Africa and The Cape
146 Food with friends
140 January’s genius
153 What’s for dinner
problem solvers Keep your home running smoothly
144 Kitchen tech Fridge freezers
145 Kitchen tech Coffee machines
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You deserve... to raise a glass
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Dig out your posh cocktail glasses, slip into your little black dress and let your hair down – it's time to raise a glass to YOU. Cheers!
Geo cocktail tray, £40; Royale decanter, £40; gold rim optic champagne saucers, £14 each; mini pineapple container, £20; cut-glass cocktail shaker, £20; marble bar set, £50; all Biba range, House of Fraser
SOFA SPARKLER Changing sequin cushion, £40, Amara
FRAGRANT FLAME Mandarin and tonka scented pearlescent candle, £23, Oliver Bonas FROSTED FOLIAGE Decorative metallic maple leaf stem, £20, Amara
SHINING EXAMPLE Maroq brass table lamp, £250, Cox & Cox
COOL LEANINGS White marble shelf, £74, Audenza
HANG AS WALL ART Large mirrored star, £59.95, Nordic House
HOW TO ADD
wow! ANTIQUED ELEGANCE Yawara hexagonal mirror, £75, La Redoute
STYLISH SIPS Bellagio Champagne saucers and wine glasses, £19.50 for two, Marks & Spencer
Go on, pick something you love – because every room needs a magic ingredient that takes it from finished to fabulous
FILL WITH DARK BLOOMS Tall metal vase, £17.99, H&M Home
FINISHING TOUCH Luxe faux fur throw, £45, Matalan
GOOD TO GLOW Elisa candelabra, £20, Made.com
DRESS UP A BEDROOM Gold mirrored dressing table, £249, Very
DRINKS PARTY Cocktail spoon and jigger set, £25, Oliver Bonas
GOLDEN GLEAM Elsa pendant, £200, Debenhams MIRROR, MIRROR Neave light, £300; Gatsby dressing table, £500; pink vase, £25; hurricane lamp, £20; tealight holders, from £6 each, all Debenhams
DELICATE DROPS Pink glass bauble, £3, Homebase
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
SHIMMY ON DOWN Sequinned cushion, £40, Amara
MIX MIRROR AND METALLICS Charleston ﬂoor lamp, £99.99, Ideal Home range, Very
HIGH RES REQUESTED
DIAL UP THE DISPLAY Circular shelf unit, £78, Rockett St George
ADD AN EDGE Frame armchair, £599, Made.com WELL HELD Tray with metal frame, £12.99, H&M Home
SWAP THE CANDELABRA Porcupine candleholder, £28, Audenza
DECADENT DESIGN Tulip bar trolley, £279, Atkin and Thyme
SILVER STATEMENT Three-tier chrome and glass drinks trolley, £63.99, Heart of House range, Argos
HAPPY HOUR Marble and brass drinks trolley, £325, Madam Stoltz range, Arbol House
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MARBLE MARVEL Salina marble and antique brass drinks trolley, £299, Swoon Editions
RETRO REVIVAL Mid-century bar cart, £349, West Elm range, John Lewis
FOR SERVING THOSE SNIFTERS IN STYLE
GOLDEN GLAMOUR Luxe round bamboo drinks trolley, £395, Oliver Bonas
SLIMLINE STYLE Leila bar cart, £200, Urban Outfitters
LUXE LEATHER Marble-top trolley, £379, Dutchbone range, Cuckooland
Rugs, from left: Takana; Lazlo; Scala; Nahli; Murano; Chella; Acacia, all Romo
We’ve been shamelessly snooping around the shops, so you don’t miss a single thing that matters...
DUNELM DISCOVERS… This new diffusion line is bringing home-grown design talent to the high street. Dunelm’s first collection from UK designers includes illustrator Jane Abbot’s botanical prints turned into gorgeous, painterly bedding; textile queen Jan Constantine’s hand-crafted embroidery designs reimagined on textiles and ceramics; and luxury candle maker Rachel Vosper’s indulgent scents, beautifully packaged in chic votives and diffusers. This Hellebore duvet cover set by Jane Abbot is £40 for a double.
loves Pick your perfect rug We’re besotted with the new collection of rugs from Romo and Villa Nova, produced in partnership with famous Belgian rug maker Louis De Poortere. Featuring rescaled floral, abstract and geometric designs, the rugs have been colour matched to existing fabrics, wallcoverings and cushions, so you can go for full co-ordination or simply perk up a plain room with pattern. Roma rugs start at £450; Villa Nova rugs are from £425.
PULL UP A POUFFE FOR CHRISTMAS VISITORS
TAKE A SEAT Medium Five pouffe, £869, Muuto range, Skandium
COMFY SPOT Pentagon bean drum, £44.99, Ideal Home range, Very
Walk on the wild side! Clarke & Clarke is stepping out of its comfort zone in a bold new collaboration with graphic artist Emma Shipley. The Animalia wallcoverings and fabrics feature a magical menagerie of exotic flora and fauna in striking colourful combinations. Fabric from £39m; wallpaper, £49 a roll.
WHAT’S NEW WE KEEP SEEING...
DRINKS CABINETS Give your booze and barware its own special place to hang out
Brilliant OR bonkers? NEW YEAR’S EVE BALLOON POP COUNTDOWN, £35, BUBBLEGUM BALLOONS
You hang these confetti-filled balloons over the dance floor, then as each hour strikes in the countdown to midnight, you pop one (the set comes with a sparkly pointy thing) to shower your guests with a festive flurry!
PORTABLE PIT STOP Bar in a suitcase, £226, BundleBerry range, Qvcuk.com
HIGH RES REQUESTED
INDUSTRIAL ACTION Wine cabinet, £589, Cuckooland
METALLIC MIXOLOGY Oro drinks cabinet, £1,200, Oliver Bonas
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT... Heart Wood – Dulux’s colour of the year. It’s a kind of lavender-y brown, which might sound weird, but partnered with rosy hues it looks fresh and pretty, or with an inky blue it has a warming effect. Dulux is playing it safe with Heart Wood – trend forecasters and design experts think we’ll be looking for the security of a cosy haven at home in these unpredictable times. Paint Mixing Matt, £25.72 for 2.5L, Dulux.
HIGH RES REQUESTED SHOW PIECE Graphic bar cabinet, £1,299, West Elm
shutters Add that wow factor to any room with statement shutters. At Hillarys you’ll ﬁnd the latest blinds, curtains and shutters measured and professionally ﬁtted all as part of our dedicated in-home service. Visit hillarys.co.uk or call 0800 587 6480 to book a free in-home appointment.
BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS
CHOCOLATE LOVER’S DREAM Surprise someone with a monthly box of 16 truffles, ganaches and caramels From £198 for six months, Paul A Young
FRESH FLOWERS Send beautiful bouquets packed with care so they’ll ﬁt through a letterbox From £50 for three months, Bloom & Wild
CAFFEINE FIX Enjoy two types of coffee every month £58 for six months, Coffee Factory range, Notonthehighstreet.com
treats on repeat POSTAL ORDER Sign up for packs of chic stationery From £20 a month, POST by Katie Leamon
Indulge someone special with a subscription gift that arrives at their door every month for as long as you choose
WRAP UP IN STYLE Spoil a loved one with a scarf in a different pattern every month From £25 for two months, Lisa Angel
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
edt n e c s a Indulcgaendle lover
BEAUTY BUNDLE Five products per box – December’s is designed by Matthew Williamson From £10 a month, Birchbox
HEAVEN SCENT Give gorgeous candles crafted by artisan makers using natural wax From £105 for three months, Kandl
IMAGINE THAT Help build kids’ skills and knowledge with innovative science kits From £9.50 a month, Letterbox Lab
TREAT THEM TO AN IDEAL HOME SUBSCRIPTION! See page 110
BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS
BAKED GOODS Personalised Christmas holiday cake, £50, Biscuiteers
STAR BUY Monogrammed star print satchel, from £125, The Cambridge Satchel Company
COUPLE GOALS Marble His & Hers coasters, £8 each, John Lewis
tailormade gifts TAKE NOTE Monogrammed A5 leather notebook in neon coral, £30, Kikki K
Go the extra mile and add the personal touch to your presents this year to make your loved ones feel truly special
COFFEE BREAK Gold double walled cafetière, £85, Becky Broome
CUTE ‘N’ COSY Grey ﬂeece penguin robe, £30, My First Years
RAISE A GLASS Copper and walnut prosecco holder (plus four glasses), £38, Oakdene Designs
et g r o f t ’ Dotnhe dog!
DOGS DINNER Solid oak base with stainless steel dog bowl, £125, The Oak & Rope Company
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BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS
TO THE LETTER Initialled leather tags, £24 each, Not Another Bill
MAGICAL TALE First Christmas storybook, £22, Letterfest
TIED-UP STYLE Personalised tie the knot necklace, £45, Posh Totty Designs
HOME SWEET HOME House portrait, from £135, Bryony Fripp
KEEP IT COOL Personalised vintage map wine cooler, £68, Atlas & I
SPECIAL MOMENT Solid copper polaroid print, from £19, Notonthehighstreet.com
KEEPSAKE BOX Named recipe box, £35, Clouds & Currents
CHILDS’ PLAY Personalised wooden play kitchen, £54.99, Studio.co.uk
SOUNDS GOOD Minimalist metallic soundwave print, from £30, Notonthehighstreet.com
TREAT THEM TO AN IDEAL HOME SUBSCRIPTION! See page 110
BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS BEST GIFTS
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT DIY gingerbread house, £35, Biscuiteers
WAX WORKS Scented candle-making kit, £45, Lunar Oceans
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH
TO THE LETTER Letter embroidery hoop craft kit, £9.95, The Makery
WHAT A CRACKER Make your own crackers and tags, £9.99, Crafter’s Companion range, John Lewis
Foodies, crafters and gin-lovers alike will adore these creative ‘make your own’ kits
CRAFTY STYLE Crochet your own necklace, £16, Made.com
JUST ADD WINE Make your own cheese, £10, Tesco
que i n u a Creattaenical blend bo
CHIN CHIN! Make your own gin drinks, £28, Notonthehighstreet.com
ONE FOR THE KIDS Paint your own magical kingdom, £12, Marks & Spencer
TREAT THEM TO AN IDEAL HOME SUBSCRIPTION! See page 110
THE IDEAL HOME GUIDE TO
Timeless style 30+ must-have pieces from the Ideal Home range at Very that’ll give your space an instant pick-me-up INTO THE BLUE Maurice cushion, £14.99
loves CLASSIC SHAPES Vintage mirror, £49.99 for a set of three
MID-CENTURY METALLIC WARMTH Scratched copper vase, £22.99
This sophisticated look is brought to life with bold accents and flashes of warm copper – a perfect match for timeless timbers
BUILDING BLOCKS Broken blocks rug, from £42.99
WALL TO WALL Family time artwork, £22.99
STORAGE STAR Monty retro sideboard, £149
SLEEK COPPER Piper table lamp, £24.99
WHERE TO BUY Monty retro storage coffee table, £99; Quinn fabric sofa bed, £329; Pentagon bean drum, £44.99; knitted cable cushion, £14.99; chevron cushion, £12.99; Hana cushion, £17.99, all Ideal Home range, Very
PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Camden mercuryeffect silver table lamp, £49.99; Geo duvet set, from £39; Allure fabric storage bed frame, from £599, all Ideal Home range, Very
HOTEL GLAM Transform your room into an indulgent retreat by layering sumptuous textures and shimmering finishes
TOUCH OF BRASS Shoreditch table lamp, £39.99
ATTENTION SEEKER Eyelash round mirror, £149.99
MODERN ELEGANCE Luxor fabric accent chair, £289
TALL BEAUTY Mirage ﬁvedrawer chest, £229
Papillion chair, £249; Mason marble and copper task lamp, £34.99; Geo cushion, £14.99; Teddy table, £39; Geometric rug, from £64.99, all Ideal Home range, Very
Soft, “inviting colours such as duck-egg blue, dove grey and sandy taupe are key to creating a country scheme you can kick back and relax in
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
SIMPLE SCANDI A classic look that doesn’t scrimp on character, mix in pops of fun colour and eye-catching geometric patterns ALL THE ANGLES Hexagonal wall mirror, £99
GRAPHIC EDGE Oslo cushion, £14.99
PATTERN REPEAT Diamond effect vases, £24.99 for two
CITRUS NOTES Citrus Papillion chair, £249
CHECK THE BOXES Mull cushion, £14.99
NATURAL TEXTURE Parker table lamp, £59.99
HEAD FOR THE BORDER Jute border rug, from £49.99
MODERN COUNTRY With rustic warmth at its core, this comfortable look celebrates classic country style, but has a refined edge that feels clean and fresh
MADE FOR COMFORT Wallis two-seater sofa, £849 CLASSIC DINING Ripple 12-piece dining set, £29.99
WHERE TO BUY Croft fabric accent chair, £399; Croft fabric footstool, £249; knitted pouffe, £59.99; knitted cable cushion, £14.99; Wilton throw, £45, all Ideal Home range, Very
UNDERSTATED CHARM Wiltshire two-drawer coffee table, £169
WHAT’S NEW Starry copper plate, £22, Cox & Cox
3 IDEAL HOME LOVES...
If you can’t bear that empty feeling when Christmas decs have been packed away, these pretty pieces will give you that warm, tingly feeling all year round
8 FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
7 5 1 Papel paper garland, £35, Nkuku range, Amara 2 Amsterdam House tea light holder, £12.95, Dotcomgiftshop 3 Large lit wooden star, £18, Sainsbury’s 4 Porcelain dove, £5, The White Company 5 Bottle of 10 pine cone decorations, £10, The White Company 6 Bird hanging decoration, £12, M&Co 7 Silver dipped candle holder, £9.99, Dobbies 8 Wooden ball wreath, £22.95, Rastall & Daughters 9 Lightbulb garland, £50, National Trust Shop 10 White ceramic leaf, £3, Marks & Spencer 11 Glass domed cylinder, £13, B&Q 12 Strala pendant lampshade, £7.50, Ikea
‘We found a lot to love under the Fifties decor’ Elin and Johan Burén stripped out dated lino and patterned wallpapers to give their Swedish farmhouse this simple rustic style
ELIN’S STYLE? Turn to page 41 to shop the look
Start with white ‘We found wood ﬂoors under the lino and painted them and the walls white,’ says Elin. ‘You always win with white because of the light it brings.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sofa, try the Norsborg three-seater, £425, Ikea. For a similar light, try the Industrial Metal Factory pendant, £60, The Farthing. Bloomingville rattan chair in Natural, £365, Out There Interiors, has this look
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom farmhouse, built in 1850. It’s located in the small village of Kyrkhult, Blekinge County, northwest Sweden.
Elin Burén, a florist, and her husband Johan, a technician, live here with their two daughters, Vera, eight, and Doris, two.
E Take a quick tour...
CRAFT ROOM MAIN BEDROOM BEDROOM BEDROOM
I would describe our style as light and bright, with a mix of old and new pieces to give our home character
lin and Johan moved into their 1850s farmhouse in Sweden in 2011. ‘It had been unsympathetically modernised in the Fifties,’ explains Elin, ‘and had lino on the floors and dingy wallpaper. I wanted to restore its charm and character, but also make it work for today, so the decor we chose had to suit the property and its age, but also our lifestyle as a family.’ After rewiring and replumbing the house, the kitchen was the couple’s first priority. ‘From having renovated previous homes, we knew this was the most important room for us. We love to cook and have friends over for dinner, so we needed a kitchen that was big enough for a large dining table,’ says Elin. They knocked down a wall between the kitchen and adjacent dining room to create an open-plan kitchendiner, adding a pantry into the space they gained. While storage was on their minds, too, the couple built a large cupboard into the hallway to hide the family’s coats, shoes and clutter. ‘Being able to keep the everyday stuff out of sight means we can really think about the pieces we have on display.’ Much of their furniture and accessories is vintage treasure from flea markets. ‘Johan loves them just as much as I do,’ says Elin. ‘We like the same things: pieces that are not perfect but have a history – old, worn and slightly askew!’ At Christmas, these items are dressed in the couple’s signature simple, rustic style. ‘This place has so much personality,’ says Elin, ‘we find that we don’t need to add much to give it some festive spirit. Instead, we make our own decorations using foliage, twigs and moss, which fill the house with natural beauty and fragrance.’
DIY TABLE A cut-down dining table base, topped with floorboards
Add colour layers ‘Dark hues can seem cosy and interesting, but I don’t like dark rooms. So I’ve introduced cream and grey to the white, and I sneak in colour with accessories – dark green in winter, turquoise in summer.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar mirror and angel wings, try the Window Pane mirror, £195; and antiqued grey Angel wings, £250, both Graham and Green. For a similar table, try the Ingatorp drop-leaf table, £100, Ikea
Turn trash into treasure The stove had been left behind, so the couple decided to put it in the kitchen to use as a wood burner. They made it a hood from a metal plate found in an outhouse and cast a plinth for it from concrete, waxed to protect against stains. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar cooker, try the Rangemaster Classic 110, from ÂŁ1,629, John Lewis
OLD WORKBENCH Makes a characterful (and slimline) island unit providing extra workspace
Mix new, old and homemade Elin and Johan put together pieces from a variety of sources to create their vintage-rustic style. ‘In the kitchen, we’ve combined Ikea units with concrete worktops we made ourselves and pieces from garage sales and antiques shops,’ says Elin. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar crockery, try the Artisan Stoneware, from £10 for a mug, The White Company
Decorating is “about what you take away, as well as what you add. We chose not to have wall units in the kitchen to give it an airy feel
Mix & match styles In the dining room, the couple have put together mismatched chairs with a second-hand table that’s been painted white. ‘When you have a simple colour palette, you can mix styles and eras of furniture and accessories, and it will still look harmonious,’ says Elin.
loves Supersize pendants They cast pools of light over your dining table and can be talking points in themselves
BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar table and chairs, try the Ledbury range, £1,619, The Cotswold Company. The Imperial Nickel light, £215, Neptune, has this look
DIY DECORATION Fallen birch branches, simply lashed together
EXTERIOR DOORS Turn a plain coat cupboard into something special
Give a seasonal welcome The hallway is decked with foliage for Christmas. ‘There’s not a Santa in the place,’ says Elin. ‘We just use greenery, pine cones and candlelight. As soon as spring comes, out go the evergreens and in come tulips, primulas and hyacinths.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar reclaimed doors, try the selection at Retrouvius
Elin displays baubles in bowls with pine cones and moss
Carry the look outside Salvaged furniture that didn’t ﬁnd a home indoors makes an outdoor seat for enjoying hot chocolate, or just a perch for taking oﬀ muddy boots. BUY THE KEY PIECES Make a bench like this from scaffolding planks. For similar chairs, try Charles Bentley shabby chic heart three-piece bistro set, £85, Tesco
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WHAT WE LEARNED
Good design doesn’t have to cost “a fortune. We’ve found so many treasures at f lea markets! They can all be painted, repurposed and given a new lease of life in your home
‘You can never have enough old-fashioned crockery,’ says Elin, who buys pieces in white, silver, glass and zinc to create a simple, harmonious look. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar scales, try the Classic mechanical design, £45, Steamer Trading Cookshop. For a similar shelf, try the Ekby Hensvik/Ekby Osten wall shelf, £16, Ikea
DON’T MISS THE DETAILS...
FEATURE ANDREA CHILDS, VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS TOMMY DURATH/HOUSE OF PICTURES PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
Clockwise from top left: A wire basket ﬁlled with logs and pine fronds looks magical lit up with fairy lights; gifts wrapped in paper bags and hung on the stair rail make an alternative Advent calendar; each place setting is ﬁnished with a pine cone with whitepainted tips; Elin has created a festive tableau with a forest feel on a garden table moved into the living room.
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Make it work for you ELIN’S STYLE: RUSTIC SCANDI Rugged textures and vintage treasures combined with clean contemporary lines make for a relaxed look
FESTIVE FOLIAGE Frosted wreath, £45, Amara
LIGHT WEIGHT Bloomingville rattan chair, £365, Out There Interiors
RIBBED DETAIL Retreat wine glasses, £25 for four, Marks & Spencer
SOFT TOUCH Silver sheepskin rug, £59, Modern Rugs FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH PERNILLE SCHLOSSER (HOUSE OF PICTURES)
INDUSTRIAL EDGE Titan size three pendant light, £295, Original BTC
RECLAIMED CHARM Toaster kitchen table in Vintage White, £795, Loaf
DEER DUO Doe and stag pair, £21, Eclect Design
STEEL STYLE Stourton raw steel pendant, £69.99, Dowsing & Reynolds
NATURAL LOOK Pia natural rattan armchair, £149, Tikamoon
CLEAR CLASSIC Pokal wine glass, £1.50, Ikea
GOING GREEN Eucalyptus wreath, £32, House of Fraser
WINTER WARMER Grey sheepskin, £34.99, Dunelm
COUNTRY CHIC Clayton dining table in cream, £199, John Lewis
CREATURE COMFORT Sparkly white stag, £3, Wilko
THE NEW WAY TO DO
Deco style This look just got darker and even more decadent with a sumptuous palette of sapphire, emerald and black, teamed with brass and velvet textures
Add a dark green accent Whether you’re brave enough to use it on a sofa or simply with accessories, dark green will make your glam scheme more dramatic. WHERE TO BUY Harrison chaise sofa in Alpha Deep Forest, £770; sequins cushion, £9.99; Ceres wire sphere pendant, £39.99; glass top copper round table, £59.99; all Argos
STYLE & DECOR Look to brass and lustrous finishes to add a little sparkle Junction table lamp in brass, £149, Heal’s
Go for darker woods New Deco style is all about celebrating understated luxe, so go for dark walnut-look furniture with a clean matt finish rather than a gloss stain or a mirrored surface. WHERE TO BUY Porto dining table, £249; Thor dining chairs, £169 for two; Porto drinks cabinet, £289; star ornament, £18; pineapple trinket, £14; all Dunelm
STYLIST’S NOTE Angular and simple globe-shaped brass lights are the new updates for traditional fan-shaped designs
MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR
Squeeze in a bar Drinks cabinets are making their way onto the high street. Small living room? It can double as a sideboard. WHERE TO BUY Webster drinks cabinet, £599; Hexagonal shelf mirror, £149; Manhattan cocktail shaker, £19.50; all Marks & Spencer
Swap out a luxe silk cushion for a plush velvet design Cushion, £14; lamp, £30; both Sainsbury’s
TIMELESS STYLE Snofsa clock, £12, Ikea
STYLE & DECOR
NEW ANGLE Newstead candelabra, £25, Habitat
LUXE LOOK Quilted velvet cushion cover, £12.99, H&M
ALL BRASS Jack Marquetry side table, £599, John Lewis
Mix in lustrous gold highlights Replace a fussy ornate bed frame with a contemporary gold design, upholstered with a luxe fabric for a lavish but welcoming effect. WHERE TO BUY Addison metal bed, £499, Dreams
Wow with brass Throw in one decadent design hero, like this eye-popping sideboard clad with a brass Decostyle starburst design. WHERE TO BUY Ziggy sideboard, £649; Duke chair, £349; both Swoon Editions
STYLIST’S NOTE Deep wall colours add warmth to hard edges and sculptural shapes that define the style, and let metallic accents shine
MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR
FEATURE MICHELA COLLING
Blue and green should be seen for a dramatic combo Ellsworth chair, £850, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
GLASS GLOBE Joule floor lamp, £249, Heal’s
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‘I don’t worry about what other people think!’ Jasper Conran knows his stuff when it comes to good design: switching easily from furniture to fashion, or discussing ceramics, he’s found his style groove…
longside his fashion label, Jasper has designed homeware for brands including Waterford, Wedgwood and Debenhams, where his J by Jasper Conran range has been going strong since 1998. Jasper lives in a first-floor flat in a converted 1860s house in London. My flat was originally the entertaining floor of the big house, with three rooms (now my bedroom, kitchen and sitting room) that flow into each other, and I like to have all the doors open to encourage that. It’s decorated in six different shades of grey from very pale through to a slightly darker shade, and I’m a great believer in changing the mood with the colour and shape of flowers or plants. My style is generally quite austere and simple but then I like to mess it up and have fun with touches of Baroque and Rococo. I like the idea that you can add and subtract in your home. For example, you can put cushions in, and then when you want a change, instead of updating the furniture, it’s simple to replace the cushions with new ones.
A TOUCH OF DRAMA Three-seater sofa, £1,140; Luna lamp, £180; cushions, from £32 each; large candle holder, £25; rug, £400; Pogo pendant, £120; coffee table, £400, all J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
IN THE SPOTLIGHT Table lamp, £95, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
HOT SPOT Marble trivet, £16, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
GOING GREEN Vase, £28, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
STYLE HERO Jasper’s luxury riad, L’Hotel Marrakech
TABLE PLAN Tableware, from £7.50 for a bowl, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
Think practically. White sofas are perfectly possible but they need to be able to survive your children and dogs, or friends and their glasses of red wine. Make sure the covers are loose so you can wash them – do not willingly give your friends red wine. Interiors have been safe and dull but we’re getting bolder with colour again, and I love the liveliness of the strong ochres, blues and greens in my new collection for Debenhams, which includes sofas in coloured velvets, handwoven rugs and lots of graphic, linear textured cushions. The most important element in a room is lighting. Ideally, have all your lighting at chest height and control it using dimmers, turning it up and down to change the mood.
London Bridge bedlinen, £55 for a double duvet cover, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
The River Café restaurant in London is one of Jasper’s favourite haunts
NEW ARRIVALS Vase, £25; cushion, £28; both J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
stopped worrying about “whatI’veother people think – I’m only really interested in what pleases me. That’s what makes a home a home
Trust the things that please you, otherwise you won’t have a home, you’ll have a showcase. I’ve settled into choosing things that I love, and my decorating style has become more eclectic as a result. Going shopping isn’t my idea of heaven, but I do like being able to search the internet for the specific thing I’m looking for. I think you always have to get rid of something before bringing a new piece in, otherwise you find yourself knee-deep in stuff. I do a lot of entertaining at home and enjoy having people over for lunch on a Sunday. It’s got to be on Sunday, no other day! I love my big long kitchen peninsular unit because I cook from one side of it and my guests sit on the other to chat and drink. It defines the space. Working with Waterford was a turning point in my career. My focus had been so much on fashion that it hadn’t occurred to me I could design products for the home. I’d sort of imagined that that was my father’s realm, and so made rules for myself that I finally realised didn’t actually apply. It was good to be pushed to think outside my own box.
FEATURE HEATHER YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHS TARA DARBY COURTESY OF PHAIDON; ALAMY
OUT OF THE BOX Candle holder, £20, J by Jasper Conran range, Debenhams
Paris sofa bed from £1,199
Nox double extending dining table £749
Antwerp contrast sideboard £599
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‘We turned an unloved wreck into a cosy home’ Mary and Raoul Maddocks breathed the life back into a grotty boarding house with their uniquely creative mix of styles
Decide on a dominant theme You’ll ﬁnd a bit of everything in Mary and Raoul’s home, but the consistent style is vintage country. ‘We went for a neutral palette for the whole house,’ says Mary. ‘Then we’ve added retro rustic touches and I display greenery at Christmas.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES White linen tablecloth, £30; taupe linen table runner, £8, both H&M Home. Grey Ladder bookshelf, £60, Futon Company
MARY’S STYLE? Turn to page 59 to shop the look
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY A Victorian terrace in Hither Green, southeast London.
VALUE Bought for £440,000 in 2014; now worth about £625,000. Mary Maddocks, a textile artist and blogger, lives here with her husband Raoul, a lawyer, and their baby son Nye.
F Take a quick tour...
BEDROOM MAIN BEDROOM BEDROOM
FORMAL SITTING ROOM
SITTING ROOM KITCHEN/ DINING ROOM
We both have demanding jobs, but this house is a haven – and it comes into its own at Christmas
renzied bidding wars meant that Mary Maddocks had already lost out on eight homes before she found herself looking around a rundown property in southeast London. ‘It was filthy and full of people, but I could see it was a solid house with good-sized bedrooms and plenty of potential.’ There was also space for Mary, a textile artist, to weave and craft (fleaandbear.co.uk, @fleaandbear). She and her husband Raoul decided to put in an offer, and this time they were successful. Although elated, the couple knew they had a lot to do. ‘First was the kitchen,’ says Mary. It was a cramped space that led to a second sitting room via a narrow door. ‘We knocked through and turned it into a kitchendiner overlooking the garden. We then installed a new kitchen and kept everything neutral to maximise light.’ During the renovations, Mary and Raoul were living with Raoul’s dad and working full-time, then doing DIY in the evenings and weekends. ‘It was exhausting but we managed to do a lot ourselves,’ recalls Mary. ‘We did hire a builder for the structural work, and to install the bathroom and kitchen, tile the floors and fit a new fireplace. But we did everything else: floor sanding and stripping the doors, banisters, floors and wallpaper and updating the garden.’ They then decorated in rustic neutrals, and picked out furniture with a story behind it. The work took about 18 months and both are thrilled with the results. ‘I love the creative outlet it allows me,’ says Mary, who put a lot of thought into the layout, creating a kitchen-diner and two guest bedrooms so they could entertain easily. And the real test came last year when they hosted Christmas. ‘We loved it,’ says Mary, ‘but my favourite part is Boxing Day, when no one needs to cook and we all watch films and play games.’
Indulge your love for all things retro Mary’s original Ercol armchair and coﬀee table take pride of place in the sitting room. Mid-century pieces are simple enough for any age of home, giving old ones a modern vibe.
loves Home-made baubles ‘The tree is decorated with leaves dipped in white paint, dried orange slices and home-made wool tassels,’ says Mary
BUY THE KEY PIECES Aina linen curtains in dark grey, £45; Arod floor lamp, £50, both Ikea. For a similar chair, try the Ercol Marino chair, £945, FurnitureBrands4U
TWIG TREE A beautiful and simple way to decorate at Christmas time
Prioritise any original features ‘One of the best investments we made was reinstating the Victorian ﬁreplace,’ says Mary. ‘It completes the room.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Fireplace, £350, Ward Antique Fireplaces. For a similar vintage wall mirror, try eBay, from £12
‘We have greenery all over the house to remind us there’s life outside,’ says Mary
Traditional encaustic floor tiles mix with modern artwork in the hallway
TRAD TILES The pattern’s classic, but the neutral colour makes them modern
Get the mix right ‘In the kitchen-diner, we kept everything white with no bulky wall cabinets,’ says Mary. ‘We mixed new units from Ikea with a Fifties cupboard that I repainted in grey, so it wouldn’t just blend in. It’s now a very bright, happy space.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Smeg dual-fuel oven, £800, John Lewis. Beldi Kamil floor tiles, £43.95sq m, Walls and Floors. Enamel lampshades (left), £45 each, Labour and Wait. For a similar Eames-style chair, try the Eiffel dining chair, £49, Dwell. For a similar dining table, try the large Monty table, £499, Made.com
Work in a little country charm A pretty patterned curtain adds character to this corner of the kitchen (and conceals all that under-sink clutter). BUY THE KEY PIECES Veddinge cabinets, from £7 for a drawer front; Domsjo double sink, £175, all Ikea. Lampshade above sink, £58, Baileys. For a similar wall unit, try the Metod cabinet with shelves, £120, Ikea
Give old things a new home The third bedroom is now also a study furnished with antique ﬁnds, including a small kitchen table used as a desk. BUY THE KEY PIECES Rug, £50, TK Maxx. Sheepskin, £30, Ikea
PICNIC HAMPERS Rustic-style storage for a printer and paper
WHAT I LEARNED
Take your time, “think about details and sketch out your ideas on paper. Don’t scrimp on the things you’ll see and use every day, like worktops and f looring – it’s better to splash out on those and save money on the rest
Mary turned a vase of twigs into an alternative advent calendar
VINTAGE LADDER A quirky place to hang clothes and extra blankets
Make it meaningful
FEATURE HANNAH BULLIVANT/NARRATIVES; VANESSA RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHS KRISTY NOBLE/NARRATIVES PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
The main bedroom has been personalised with artwork and home-made bunting. ‘We love second-hand furniture, rustic crafts and natural treasures,’ says Mary.
A peg rail gives guests a place to hang things in the spare room
BUY THE KEY PIECES Botanist metal bed frame, £299, John Lewis. Grey blanket, £35, WoolMe. Ranarp wall spotlight, £20, Ikea
Be brave with pattern All-white walls in the bathroom allowed Mary and Raoul to add a pop of colour with bold Moroccan-style tiles for the ﬂoor. BUY THE KEY PIECES Cuba floor tiles, from £69sq m, Encaustic Tiles. Bevelled Brick wall tiles, £27.45sq m, Walls and Floors. Bath mat, £7, Ikea. For similar storage, try the apple crate bedside table, £33, Applecrates.co.uk
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Make it work for you MARY’S STYLE: VINTAGE RUSTIC MY GO-TO STORES… O LABOUR
& WAIT ‘Thoughtful and timeless objects for the home and garden and a lovely place to buy gifts’
Keep it cool with natural linens, sparkling tableware and a mix of furniture for an effortlessly eclectic finish HANG A PAIR OVER A TABLE Toulon pendant light, £85, Garden Trading
Fresh foliage and rustic linen create a relaxed feel perfect for a laidback dinner party
HOME ‘Excellent for linen bedding and bathroom storage – I always ﬁnd something I like’
ADD NATURAL ACCENTS Macrame plant hanger, £23.99, Ian Snow
OBAILEYS HOME ‘A mecca to good taste with a perfect mix of old items and modern classics’
TWINKLING CANDLE LIGHT Gold tealight holder, £14.99, Dobbies
SPACE SAVER Tall grey ladder shelf, £89.95, Melody Maison
VINTAGE LOOK Pressed glass charger, £9.50, Marks & Spencer
FEATURE JENNIFER MORGAN PHOTOGRAPH TAMSYN NAYLOR-HILL
RAISE A GLASS Swan Trailing Rose champagne saucers, £20 for two, John Lewis
SOCIAL SERVING Acacia wood chopping board, £29.99, Very
TIMELESS CHOICE Eames-style chair, £49, Danetti
STYLIST’S NOTE SUBTLE TONES Linen napkins, £24 for four, Tolly McRae
If you need to mix and match dining chairs, retro-inspired classics can be relied on to look good together JENNIFER MORGAN, STYLIST
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COLOURS WE LOVE
Petrol blue Yes, it’s bold and vibrant, but you can put this green-tinted blue on all four walls and it’ll make your space feel calm and soothing. It works best in a glamorous look, giving you free rein to indulge your inner diva…
THIS PAGE Manhattan bar tray, £25, Marks & Spencer. Champagne flutes, £7 for two, George Home. Acrylic hummingbird decoration, £4.95; glitter poinsettia clip decoration, £2.99, both Gisela Graham. Petrol bauble, £8; silver bauble, from a selection, both House of Fraser. Ribbons, from a selection, Paperchase and Berisfords Ribbons
Stylist’s note Petrol blue has grey undertones, so it’ll look gorgeous on the walls if you have grey flooring
THIS PAGE Walls painted in Marine Blue absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Curtain made in Pavone Teal, £33m, Clarke & Clarke. Lexington Dusky Ocean sofa, £2,135, Sofa Workshop. Ellon button footstool, £275, Barker & Stonehouse. 7ft pre-lit Noble Fir Christmas tree, £669, Balsam Hill. All decorations, from a selection, Gisela Graham. Carnaby armchair, £1,249, John Lewis. Plaza teal stool (right, just seen), £99, Danetti. Biscayne Plain BS117 carpet, £78sq m, Crucial Trading. Agra Sur Windsor blue rug, £735, Louis De Poortere. ON SOFA Cushions, from left: mustard velvet KAI500-02, £43;
marble-effect KAI520-06, £49, both Ashley Wilde; Arkona, £30, John Lewis; navy velvet KAI501-05, £43, Ashley Wilde. Evergreen paper decorations, £11 each, RE. ON MANTELPIECE Turquoise vase, £27, The Contemporary Home. Turquoise dimpled tealight holders, £6.99 each; glitter poinsettia decorations, £2.99 each, all Gisela Graham. Petrol baubles, £8 each, House of Fraser. LED copper micro lights, £4.99, Festive Lights. Noble fir garland, £89, Balsam Hill. Canvas, Aerial Drift by Fintan Whelan, £120, King & McGaw. Star decorations (on wall), £54 each, Out There Interiors
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TOUCH OF BLACK More dramatic and grown-up with petrol blue than white
Luxe living Use petrol blue on the walls to give your room a cocooning feel, made even warmer with the addition of dark walnut wood finishes
THIS PAGE Pavone Teal wallpaper, £48 a roll, Clarke & Clarke. Patsy mirror, £195, Habitat. No 004 walnut sideboard, £950, John Lewis. (From left) Gold tealight holder, £17.95, Graham & Green. Wrapping paper, from a selection, Paperchase. Ribbons, from a selection, Berisfords Ribbons. Mince pies, from a selection, Tesco. Blue vase, from a selection, Ikea. Tealight holder, £6.99, Gisela Graham. Sara Miller London Chelsea cup and saucer, £22, Portmeirion. Jem lamp base, £115; lampshade, £58, both Graham & Green. Glass hanging balls with copper micro lights, £29.99 each, Festive Lights
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Chic dining Make petrol blue the base of a sophisticated dining scheme with contrasting touches of gleaming gold
FEATURE NICKY PHILLIPS STYLING SARITA SHARMA PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE
SAPPHIRE BLUE A subtle accent that effortlessly tones with petrol blue
THIS PAGE Walls painted in Moon Shadow absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Curtain made in Letino Peacock, £46.50m, Kai. Talicia shelving unit, £855, Out There Interiors. FROM TOP SHELF Gold tealight holder, £18, Graham & Green. Hummingbird box, £18, Sara Miller London. Cards, from a selection, Paperchase. Champagne flutes, £9 each, Debenhams. Gold straws, £3, Talking Tables. Teal bowl, £56, Heal’s. Baubles, from a selection, House of Fraser. LED lights, £4.99, Festive Lights. Champagne glasses, £79 for six, Out There Interiors. Candle, £22, Sara Miller London. Plates, from Ritz 12-piece dinner set, £49.99, Ideal Home range, Very. Crackers, £40 for six, Cox & Cox. Vase, from a selection, Ikea. Stag’s head, £10, George Home
Stylist’s note We’ve used touches of matt gold for glamour, but petrol looks great with softer silver and pewter, too
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
THIS PAGE Walls Obsidian Azurite 111628, £225 for a 300x 140cm panel, Anthology. Curtain in Letino Peacock, £46.50m, Kai. Imelda dining table, £1,200; Tabitha dining chairs, £150 each, Habitat. Umberto brass bar cabinet, £615, Graham & Green. Home Counties Plains Ember carpet, £27sq m, Cormar. ON TABLE Plates; side plates; bowls, all from Ritz 12-piece dinner set, £49.99, Ideal Home range, Very. Amber red wine glasses, £55 for six; white wine glasses, £45 for six, both Cox & Cox. Newstead candelabra, £35, Habitat. Eika taper azure blue candles, £12.99
for 12; gold candles, £5.49 for four, Bolsius range, all Amazon. Gold star candle holders, £6 each; gold wire star candle holders (in bowls), £7.50 each, all The Contemporary Home. Marble design crackers, £22 for six, House of Fraser. Baubles, from a selection, Debenhams. Mezzo honey napkins, £16 for four, John Lewis. ON CABINET Vases (from left): tall turquoise, £27; teal crackle glaze, £45, both The Contemporary Home; dark blue marbled finish, £45, Cox & Cox; Seoul dark blue, £25, Habitat. Petrol bauble, £8, House of Fraser. LED lights, £5, Festive Lights
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Make it work for you PETROL BLUE: JUST ADD AN ACCENT 1
Moody inky blue looks stunning against grey, white or cream walls. Add metallic touches to really make your scheme sing
FEATURE HOLLY WALSH PHOTOGRAPH DOMINIC BLACKMORE
WHERE TO BUY 1. LAMP Rhys iridescent ceramic table lamp, £168, Dar Lighting 2. VASE Petitine curved blue vase, £32, Oliver Bonas 3. CUSHION Shells velvet quilted cushion, £10, JD Williams 4. THROW Vivaraise Maia throw in Peacock, £70, Printer + Tailor
5. TABLES Round nesting tables in blue oil, £189 for set of two, Cucklooland 6. WREATH Peacock feather wreath, £12.99, Homesense 7. RUG Rustic Geo blue rug, from £25, JD Williams 8. SOFA Truth large lounger in teal, £649, DFS
‘We let the period features sing out’ Karen Norton developed a traditional and subtle country look that’s sympathetic to her old house but far from bland or boring…
Keep colour low key Karen worked with the rich wood tone of the lovely casement windows, keeping the walls and ﬂoor paler so they’d stand out. Subtle stripes and pattern add interest to her mix of neutral tones, while ‘hero’ cushions in bold turmeric yellow lift the look. BUY THE KEY PIECES Langham sofas, from £1,650 each; Josette wallpaper in Linen, £34 a roll, both Laura Ashley. Cushions, from £74 each; Wilton reversible striped rug, £280, all Neptune
Read the room While the cottage’s rooms are relatively small, the doubleheight hallway is bright and airy. Karen enhanced the feeling with pale walls and minimal furniture. ‘When the family come round, we often end up spilling out into this very sociable space,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES Vermont White 9ft candlelight tree, £1,189, Balsam Hill. Glass dome, £47.95, Sarah Norton Interiors. Hare, £175, Karen Norton Designs
JUMBO CLOCHE For neatly contained displays you can change from season to season
KAREN’S STYLE? Turn to page 77 to shop the look
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom, Grade II-listed Georgian semidetached house in Market Lavington, Wiltshire.
VALUE Bought for £500,000 in 2015; now worth about £600,000. Karen and Chris Norton live here with their son, Luke, 15, and Weimaraner Raphy. Karen is an accountant and Chris is a sales manager.
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This house was such a lucky find. We were reluctant to view it, which goes to show it pays to be open-minded!
hen Karen and Chris Norton went to view a property in the picturesque village of Market Lavington, Wiltshire, they had no idea they’d end up buying the house next door. ‘It was an emotional rollercoaster,’ Karen recalls. ‘Having already lost one house, we thought we were home and dry when our offer was accepted on the next one. Little did we know that, soon after, the owners would take that house off the market too, and we’d be back to square one.’ Their estate agent tipped them off that the firedamaged house next door was being renovated and would soon be up for sale. ‘We were reluctant to set foot in it,’ says Karen, ‘because from the outside it looked far too small. In fact, it turned out to be a Tardis, with vast potential to create a spacious family home.’ ‘We were absolutely enchanted,’ she says. ‘It was much larger than we’d imagined and every room had a “wow factor” surprise. There were fabulous period features everywhere, and the best bit was that everything had been restored beautifully. The house had been rewired, replumbed and freshly decorated so it was almost like walking into a new build.’ ‘When we saw the double-height hallway, it was magical. I turned to Chris and said, “Can you imagine what size Christmas tree we could have here?!” This house was such a lucky find. We were reluctant to view it, but if it had gone on the market we could have missed out. It goes to show that it pays to be open-minded!’ Having snapped up the house, the Nortons began transforming it, buying key pieces of furniture to create a more cohesive, welcoming feel. ‘Our priority was to let the fabulous period features sing out,’ says Karen.
a traditional “ It’s home, but I’ve incorporated modern, mid-century and upcycled pieces for an eclectic, homely look
Combine styles Matching furniture to the age of your home can look laboured, so Karen mixes it up. In the hallway, an antique table sits alongside a mid-century-style chair. ‘I felt the bargain chair would add another dimension – and a cosy feel,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES Cocktail chair in beige, £69, George Home. Walls painted in Off-White estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball
PINE FLOORING Adds warm colour without absorbing light, as darker tones do
GLAZED DOORS Keep light flowing between rooms
Add an unexpected pop of colour ‘The range had already been re-enamelled in this teal colour,’ says Karen. ‘It was a great partner for my palette of complementary neutrals throughout the house.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Off-White estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Buscot floor tiles, £69.95sq m, Artisans of Devizes
Choose modern country classics Traditional-style furniture, painted in modern colours, are the staples of Karen’s style – especially in the kitchen-diner: ‘I wanted something unusual and loved the table’s subtle grey tones,’ she says. ‘Having splashed out on the table, I found some bargain chairs that match the colour of the table perfectly.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Suffolk dining table, from £825; for similar dining chairs, try the Harrogate, £245 each, all Neptune
Play with scale Although the rooms are small, Karen often chooses large pieces – statement pendant lights, giant candlesticks like the one on the living room mantel, and oversized baubles – for a less cluttered, but high-impact eﬀect. BUY THE KEY PIECES Urn candle arrangement (on candlestick), £9.95; large faux paperwhites in zinc pot, £29.95; mini faux paperwhites in glass container, £9.95, all Sarah Norton Interiors
STATEMENT ART Inspired the colour palette for this room
Choose a consistent colour theme ‘The original wallpaper in the main bedroom was too bright, so we toned it down,’ says Karen. ‘We bought a new headboard to tie in with the painting – and to link to the kitchen range, so this colour is a theme throughout the house,’ says Karen. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar bed, try the Ruffle, £895, Loaf. Hydrangea king-size duvet cover in Duck Egg, £80; Josette wallpaper in dove grey/white, £34 a roll, both Laura Ashley. Bespoke painting, Natalie Rymer Art
Get a natural look The original pine panelling in Karen’s home works perfectly with real foliage and simple displays of paperwhites. Metal and glass holders alongside traditional ceramics make an easy-going, mismatched grouping. BUY THE KEY PIECES Walls painted in Off-White modern emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Fluted silver tealights, £2.95 each, Sarah Norton Interiors
WHAT I LEARNED
This place was like a new “build when we bought it – all freshly decorated. It was great, but it can be tricky to inject your personality into a blank space
UPCYCLED FIND Revived with Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint
Keep pattern simple and subtle Karen went for tone-on-tone pattern rather than a colour contrast in the guest room. ‘This wallpaper is similar to the one in the living room, which gives a sense of continuity,’ she says. BUY THE KEY PIECES Heather Grey embroidered dot quilt (200cm sq), £150, Laura Ashley. Bespoke allium cushion, £27.50, Sarah Norton Interiors. Woodwork painted in Clunch estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball
DON’T MISS THE DETAILS...
FEATURE JANET MCMEEKIN, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID PARMITER PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
Clockwise from top left: A wire goose perched on top of a cupboard adds a rustic touch to the hallway; a faux evergreen garland has been customised with baubles; Karen makes felted animals – including this hare – and sells them at karennortondesigns.co.uk; the front door – painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe – is decorated with a faux hydrangea, artichoke and pussy willow wreath.
Make it work for you KAREN’S STYLE: LUXE SCANDI Metallic touches and rich textures work well with a muted palette and splashes of colour for a timeless Nordic update
ORNATE DESIGN Fonteyn wallpaper, £85 a roll, Cole & Son range, Wallpaper Direct
CHINTZ TRAIL Josette linen wallpaper, £34 a roll, Laura Ashley SHINE A LIGHT Lit polar bear bauble, £12, Laura Ashley
TURNED DETAILING Bartram turned wood table lamp, £124, Artisanti
FEATURE JENNIFER MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID PARMITER
CHECKED PATTERN Birthday rug, £225, Loaf
COLOUR HIT Fiona orange velvet cushion, £33, Ragged Rose
PERFECT FOR BLOOMS Stoneware pitcher, £30, Cottage in the Hills
CLASSIC CHARM Suffolk dining table, from £790, Neptune
FESTIVE FRIEND Polar bear in open glass bauble, £5, Marks & Spencer
BRIGHT ACCENT Hudson textured cushion in Russet, £10.99, Heart of House range, Argos
SIMPLE STYLE Classic jug in Chalk, £15, Garden Trading
RUSTIC CHIC Lyon table lamp, £85, Sweetpea & Willow
NEUTRAL STRIPES Catamaran stripe rug in Platinum, £59, Darlings of Chelsea
EASY COUNTRY Wiltshire painted table in Grey, £299, The Cotswold Company
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ONE LIVING ROOM three ways START WITH THESE KEY PIECES…
The Shelving Unit
Fjälkinge white shelving unit, £115, Ikea
Sisal Harmony Boucle in Arctic Mist HB256, £49sq m, Crucial Trading
Norsborg three-seater in Finnsta White with birch legs, £425, Ikea
…AND CREATE THESE LOOKS
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➔ JANUARY 2018
Stylist’s note ‘Touches of gold on accessories and furniture finish this polished look perfectly’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor
BLACK ACCENT Gives an all-neutral colour scheme definition
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ONE LIVING ROOM
loves Textural wallpaper More interesting than paint; less challenging than full-on pattern
Urban opulence THAT STANDARD IKEA SOFA MIGHT LOOK SIMPLE, BUT YOU CAN SPIN A GLAMTO-THE-MAX LOOK AROUND IT WITH MODERN, METAL-FRAME FURNITURE AND A PALETTE OF MIXED METALLICS
THE PAINT Amber Gris matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Fired Earth THE FABRIC Pulse in Taupe F0469/15, £20m, Clarke & Clarke
THE WALLPAPER Nika W409/06, £86.50 a roll, Romo
THE WOW MOMENT Let an accent armchair loaded up with shimmering cushions take centre stage
loves Monochrome artwork It works, whatever colour or pattern you put on your walls
SIMPLE SIDE TABLE A blonde-wood basic would work too, if goldâ€™s not your thing
STYLE & DECOR Stylist’s note ‘The hard colour contrasts make soft details vital, like the knitted pouffe, velvet cushions and gold accents’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor
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Colour-block Scandi THINK SCANDI WITH THE RUSTIC-NESS STRIPPED OUT: UNFUSSY AND MODERN WITH THE USUAL SOFT, NATURAL COLOURS REPLACED WITH A CRISP POP OF EMERALD GREEN FOR IMPACT
THE PAINT Mad King George matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Fired Earth THE FABRIC Palais in Emerald, £51.50m, Clarke & Clarke
THE FABRIC Creek in Charcoal, £44.50m, Clarke & Clarke
THE WOW MOMENT Create a geo pattern with gold tape on a green feature wall to ramp up the style sass
Stylist’s note ‘Avoid bold accent colours with this look – keep it calm and pale, with metals, wood and baskets to add warmth’ Nicky Phillips, Decorating Editor
MOROCCAN MIRROR Give the look a boho touch
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loves Wall panelling Brilliant for adding character to a modern property – and easy to repaint
The new shabby chic THIS TAKE ON A FAVOURITE LOOK IS LESS FRENCH AND MORE MODERN, BUT JUST AS SOPHISTICATED. KEEP THE COLOURS PALE, AND LOAD UP SOFAS WITH COSY KNITS AND SILVER HINTS FOR SHINE
THE PAINT Milk White matt emulsion, £14.50 for 2.5L, Crown Paints THE FABRIC Alpi Grey Mist 7630/06, £79.50m, Romo
THE WALLPAPER White wood panelling, £30sq m, Mr Perswall
THE WOW MOMENT Keep everything else simple and a character piece like this will steal the show
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T he new shabby chic
Nika W409/06 wallpaper, £86.50 a roll, Romo. Fading World rug, £495, Louis de Poortere. Barbary coffee table, £465, Out There Interiors. Fera nest of tables, £359, Content by Terence Conran. Luigi gold side table, £99.99, My Furniture. Drift black side table, £199, Dwell. Clara mirror, £649, Heal’s. Studio 2 freestanding stove, £2,575, Stovax. 8ft Norway Spruce prelit tree, £819, Balsam Hill. ON COFFEE TABLE Crackers, £12 for six; champagne bucket, £12, both Next. Arv Bröllop cake stand, £9.95, Ikea. Bronze tray, £22, Curious Egg. Pot pourri, £16, The White Company. Candles, from £2.49, Bolsius. Cake, £15, Tesco. ON NEST OF TABLES Lantern, £10, Debenhams. Candle, £8.99, Gisela Graham. Votives, £4.90 each, India Jane. Champagne ﬂute, £4.50, Sainsbury’s. ON BLACK SIDE TABLE Fern lamp, £90; votive, £6, both Debenhams. ON LEFT SOFA Cushions, from left: Pulse Taupe, £32; Mansour Taupe, £36; Gautier Espresso, £32; all Clarke & Clarke; gold sequin, £18, Next; grey velvet, £18, Debenhams. Alaska throw, £195, Ashley Wilde. ON RIGHT SOFA Cushions, from left: AW113-02, £27; Kai 515-02, £37; both Ashley Wilde; sequin, £24, Debenhams. ON MANTEL Wreath, £40, The Contemporary Home. Gold garland, £28.99, Gisela Graham. Tealight holders, £32 for six, Rockett St George. Nordic star, £35, The White Company. Candlesticks, from £18, Next. Candles, £2.49 each, Bolsius. Star fairy lights, £4.99, Festive Lights. ON FLOOR Paper decorations, £12.50 each, RE. ON SHELVING UNIT Star lantern, £40, Next. Candleholder, £20; Sachi vase, £50, both Habitat. Copper vase, £49; frames, start at £16 each, all Heal’s. Copper wire globe, £22.50, Sainsbury’s. Votive, £6; gold lantern, £10, both Debenhams. Baubles, from £2.50 each, Gisela Graham. Ombre glass dome, £15.99, Festive Lights. ON TREE Baubles: gold; copper, from £2.50 each, Gisela Graham; black and gold, £7.99 each, India Jane. IN DETAIL SHOT Poet armchair, £300, My Furniture. Valmont console, £299 for two, Swoon Editions. Tray, £25, Next. Cocktail shaker, £8, Tesco. Leaf ornament, £8.99, Gisela Graham. Vase, £32, Debenhams. Gift wrap, from a selection, Paperchase. Ribbons, from a selection, Berisfords Ribbons.
Walls painted in Mad King George matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Fired Earth. For a similar rug, try the Malmo, from £16, Worldstores. Ripple glass and gold coffee table, £229, Danetti. Tamburo side table (on left), £185; Luxe round side table, £195, both Oliver Bonas. Pouffe, £95, Habitat. Studio 2 freestanding stove, £2,575, Stovax. 8ft Norway Spruce prelit tree, £819, Balsam Hill. ON WALL ‘Into the Light’ and ‘Out of the Dark’ framed prints by Michelle Collins, £240 each, King & McGaw. Paper decorations, from £5.99 for three, Talking Tables. ON COFFEE TABLE Perdita mug, £8; Sintra side plate, £10; Vortice bowl, £40, all Habitat. Paper decorations, £8.50 each, RE. Dome scene, £15, Next. Tealight holders, £10 each, The Contemporary Home. ON LEFT SIDE TABLE Glass dome, £6.95, Ikea; ﬁlled with micro fairy lights, £3.49, Festive Lights. ON RIGHT SIDE TABLE Ananya vase, £59, Out There Interiors. Luna table lamp, £90, Debenhams. Faux succulent in marble pot, £12; green bauble, from a selection, both Sainsbury’s. ON LEFT SOFA Cushions, from left: made in Ellipse Ebony, £33m, Iliv; made in Palais Emerald, £51.50m, Clarke & Clarke; Jorid, £4, Ikea; Ladybird, £49.50, Sarah Campbell Designs. ON RIGHT SOFA Cushions, from left: made in Seville Carbon, £56.99m, Prestigious Textiles; BW1034, £39, Clarke & Clarke. ON MANTEL Elca stocking, £44.95, Tori Murphy. Polar bear, £16.99, Talking Tables. Contemporary candelabra, £20, Next. ON FLOOR Birkin basket, £50, Habitat. ON SHELVING UNIT Star, £8, Debenhams. Skye lantern, £40, The White Company. Candle, £4.49, Bolsius. Aspen vase, £53, Out There Interiors. Brass bowl, £49, Heal’s. Green glass votive, £24 for four, Raj Tent Club. Buka bone inlay box, £115, Lombok. Baubles, £2.50 each, Gisela Graham. Wire bowls, from £16 each, Debenhams. Quant vase, £50, Habitat. Basket, £16 for two, Debenhams. Peacock tealight holder, £15 for two, The Contemporary Home. Vase, from a selection, Out There Interiors. ON TREE Baubles, from £2.50, Gisela Graham. IN DETAIL SHOT Audrey chest of drawers, £1,199, West Elm. Gold wire basket, £12, Sainsbury’s. Lamp, £99, Dwell. Gold tape, £7.55, Amazon. Gift wrap, from a selection, Hema. Twine, from a selection, Papermash. Ribbons, from a selection, Berisfords Ribbons.
Georgian wooden panelling, from £49 for a W122xH244cm sheet, The English Panelling Company; painted in Milk White matt emulsion, £14.50 for 2.5L, Crown Paints. Flokati rug, £450, Habitat. Parquet coffee table, £550, Graham & Green. Pari bone inlay mirror, £365; Rakti round footstool, £135, both Lombok. Hammered brass stool, £190, India May Home. Studio 2 freestanding stove, £2,575, Stovax. 8ft Norway Spruce prelit tree, £819, Balsam Hill. ON COFFEE TABLE White lantern, £45, Debenhams. Elok bowl, £95, Lombok. Snow dome, £28.99; baubles, from a selection, all Gisela Graham. Crackers, £12 for six, Next. Candle jar, £16.99, My Furniture. Nordic snowﬂake tealight holder, £5.49, Talking Tables. ON STOOL Brass ball lamp base, £135; 16in lampshade, £35, both Lombok. ON LEFT SOFA Cushions, from left: Alpi, £45, Heal’s; Mongolian Lamb in Stone White, £69, West Elm; Pompom knit, £14, Sainsbury’s. Pompom knit throw, £28, Sainsbury’s. ON RIGHT SOFA Cushions, from left: Mongolian Lamb in Platinum, £69, West Elm; cable knit, £25, Debenhams. ON MANTEL Advent calendar, £30, Next. Mosaic votives, £39 for six, Raj Tent Club. Shimmer tealight holders, from £12 each, Lombok. Cotton ball fairy lights, £6.99, Festive Lights. Mirrored stars, £34.99 each, My Furniture. Two-tone frame, £6.50, Sainsbury’s. Stag head, £50, Debenhams. Mercury pillar candleholders, from £25, The White Company. ON FLOOR Knarra basket, £7, Ikea. Starry stocking, £35, Cox & Cox. White dipped belly basket, £35, Olli Ella. ON SHELVING UNIT Bamboo lanterns, from £15, Debenhams. Silver tealight holder, £8.99; baubles, from a selection, all Gisela Graham. Boll vase, £40, Habitat. Tealight holder, £10, Debenhams. Cheng wind light, £25; Ita votive, £8, both Lombok. Dome bell jar with wire lights, £14.99, Festive Lights. Large ﬁr tree candle, £65; bowl (part of Fir Tree pot pourri gift set), £50, both The White Company. Belly basket, £29, Olli Ella. Candle, from a selection, Sainsbury’s. ON TREE Star tree topper, £4.20; baubles, from £3.50 each, all Gisela Graham. IN DETAIL SHOT French Louis chest of drawers, £431, Out There Interiors. Arv Bröllop cake stand, £9.95, Ikea. Mince pies, from a selection, Tesco. Snowdrift garland, £20, Sainsbury’s. Lit eucalyptus wreath, £35, Next.
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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE PERFECT PARCELS Frosted pine cones, festive foliage and mini Christmas trees make presents feel more special and personal Brown wrapping paper, 8m, £2; tartan ribbon pine cones bag, £2.50; bottlebrush trees, £3; jute spool, £4; Christmas twine, two pack, £2; all Hobbycraft
CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP Add a creative touch to all your gifts with inspiration from Hobbycraft
veryone likes to feel special, and personalising your gift wrapping is one of the nicest ways to show family and friends just how much they mean to you. With the fabulous range of creative ideas at Hobbycraft, your parcels will really stand out under the tree.
SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL Plain brown wrapping paper is the perfect starting point. It has a natural elegance when wrapped with metallic or red-and-white Christmas twine, but there are so many other ways to make your presents unique. Try stencilling on fun pictures, or adding pretty lace doilies tied in place with jute string. Pop a mini bottlebrush Christmas tree on top of each parcel
or add frosted pine cones for a truly festive ﬁnishing touch – and share your personalised presents using the hashtag #MakeItDontBuyIt.
Clear plastic storage box, 48 litres, £14
STAY ORGANISED Use clear storage boxes to keep tabs on your wrapping paper and decorations (and to declutter when it’s all over). Once you’re organised, getting crafty will be a cinch, so make this a truly personal Christmas.
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Clear plastic wrapping paper box, 22 litres, £12.50
Don’t plan it Clare’s approach is to pick up random pieces of furniture she loves and see what goes with what for a vintage-inspired look. ‘I’m really into chairs from the Fifties and Sixties, so there are quite a few around the house,’ she says. ‘Despite the mix of styles, they somehow seem to work well together.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar wicker chair, try the Flat rattan occasional chair, £275, Cox & Cox. The Hector medium dome table light, £159, Original BTC, is a good match for this table lamp
DIY TABLE Salvaged stools and shelves make a great display surface
‘This house has got a lot of soul!’ The Youngs’ home proves you don’t need a lot of money to make a home, but a bit of creativity and a passion for collecting can go a long way…
CLARE’S STYLE? Turn to page 99 to shop the look
Welcome to my home The knockedthrough living room has a fireplace at each end
THE PROPERTY A six-bedroom Victorian house in Broadstairs, Kent.
Clare Youngs, a designer and author, lives here with her husband, Ian, an artist and graphic designer, and one of their four children, Harvey, 19.
VALUE Bought for £410,000 in 2010; now worth around £675,000.
What makes our house a home is that it’s full of things we’ve made ourselves
lare and Ian discovered their house, a stone’s throw from Broadstairs beach in Kent, while driving past it on the way from another viewing. ‘It had a hand-written “for sale” sign with a phone number in the window,’ says Clare. ‘We viewed it there and then, and it had the right feeling as soon as we walked through the door.’ Since moving in, the only structural change they’ve made is knocking through between the kitchen and dining room. ‘Getting the kitchen to work was quite a challenge,’ says Clare, ‘so we got an architect in to give us some advice. Their drawing was really helpful. We took their advice on board and opened the space up – something we wouldn’t have done, otherwise. I think the flow of a house is crucial and now we have that sweeping view through the house.’ This and the simple decor makes the house look bigger than it really is. The white walls are the perfect backdrop for Clare’s collections: ‘I collect lots of things, from pottery to vintage matchbox labels and Penguin music scores with beautifully patterned covers.’ The house is also full of things that Clare has made. ‘I’ve picked up a lot of skills over the years by doing up houses,’ she says. ‘I taught myself how to sew when I needed curtains and cushions on a budget in my first flat. I’ve also got a lot of old chairs that I couldn’t afford to get upholstered, so I did it myself.’ At Christmas, she keeps the decorations natural and rustic, in keeping with her vintage-Scandi style. ‘We have boxes full of vintage ornaments,’ Clare says. ‘Every year we light the fire, put on cheesy music and decorate the tree. It’s my favourite tradition and the children still love to help, even though they’re grown-up now!’
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LIVING/ DINING ROOM
GREY TRIM Gives white walls subtle detail
Strip it back to beautiful basics Keeping the other end of the living room clear of furniture lets the original features stand out – and leaves room for a huge Christmas tree! ‘I love the smell of a real tree,’ says Clare. ‘Ian always makes a beeline for the biggest one in the shop!’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sheepskin, try the Solidwool sheepskin, £85, Clippings. For a similar wire log basket, try the Vintage round wire basket, £50, Vintage Matters
Make something totally unique ‘Ian made the table from old ﬂoorboards and a base we found at a salvage yard,’ says Clare. Metal seating and lighting give Clare’s simple, Nordic style a modern update in the kitchen-diner. BUY THE KEY PIECES A56 armchairs in Steel, £228 each, Tolix range, Made In Design. For a similar dining table, try the Salles (L180xW100cm), £1,120, Wayfair
REAL HOME Handleless white gloss units keep the look modern and simple
LIGHT SHOW Several strands of micro lights, taped into a circle, add a little magic
Stick to a colour theme The couple’s simple white and grey backdrop is continued through to the kitchen for continuity and ﬂow. BUY THE KEY PIECES The Sofia white gloss kitchen from Wickes, from £394 for a 600mm three-drawer base unit, is similar.
Show off treasured collections Open shelves and a rustic, white-painted console serve to display Clare’s collections of pottery and vintage platters. ‘I love retro patterns and seem to have amassed quite a collection,’ says Clare. ‘Most were bought from charity shops
or car-boot sales and were just too pretty to resist!’ BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar origami lamp, try the Kura paper light, £15, Habitat. The website Chinasearch.co.uk is a good place to look for mid-century pottery patterns
I can’t resist a charity shop. “They’re brilliant places – so much of what’s in this house came from them
HOMEMADE WALL ART ‘I just followed macramé videos on Youtube,’ says Clare
Loose groups of tealights and candles create a cosy glow
Highlight a home’s original character Clare puts the house’s ﬁreplaces in the spotlight by framing them with white walls and accessories. BUY THE KEY PIECES For similar hand sculptures, try the Jakar wooden manikin hands with moveable fingers, from £12.99, Amazon
Clare makes these faceted paper slipcovers for plain vases
Prioritise natural textures Clare and Ian decided to expose the brick of one wall in the kitchen to add warmth to the all-white space. It works beautifully with the original pine ﬂoorboards and retro sideboard – a charity-shop ﬁnd that Clare painted white to work with her pared-back colour scheme. BUY THE KEY PIECES The Madura Origamis table vase, £26.99, from Wayfair, looks similar to Clare’s folded slipcovers. For a similar sideboard, try the Lois hand painted vintage sideboard, £590, Notonthehighstreet.com
I use sheepskins and a “ twiggy tree with fairy lights to create a wintery atmosphere with a Scandinavian feel
Give in to the hygge In the second living room, Clare has created a sociable space with mismatched Sixties seating. A Nordic sledge acts as a quirky coﬀee table in winter. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a similar sofa, try the Originals Studio couch, £2,555, Ercol range, Twentytwentyone. For a similar yellow chair, try the Jonny, £199, Made.com
COLOUR THEME Shades of green make this group of prints work together
Clare made the stockings from charityshop jumpers
Make an impact with a little creativity You don’t need carpet for a stunning staircase – Clare painted her stair treads white with a central strip of green to give the eﬀect of a runner. BUY THE KEY PIECES Stair runner painted in Lichen modern eggshell, £66 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball
Showcase artwork Instead of hanging her collection of old Polish ﬁlm posters on the wall, Clare simply props them on the vintage chest in the main bedroom as an informal picture
gallery she can rearrange or move without any fuss. BUY THE KEY PIECES Peacock screenprint, £25, Roddy & Ginger. Other prints, from a selection at King and McGaw
WHAT I LEARNED
I thought a lot about the “finishing touches – the wallpapers, colours and curtains – but if we do up a house again, I’ll consider the f low of the spaces and practicalities like storage first
Create ordered clutter! Basic open shelves above the desk keep the creative chaos in Clare’s oﬃce contained, while an inexpensive sheet of plywood ﬁxed to the wall makes a great pinboard for all her doodles and designs. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a pot similar to the one Clare keeps her string in, try the ceramic elephant planter, £34, West Elm
Paint an old piece If you’re crying out for a pop of colour, put it on a piece of furniture, not the walls, to keep the backdrop calm. In Clare’s garden studio, this vintage cupboard is the star of the show. BUY THE KEY PIECES For a selection of similar blue vintage storage cupboards, try Scaramangashop.co.uk
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Clockwise from top left: Hand-written labels fastened to sprigs of rosemary make simple table place cards; Clare accessorises informally with stacks of vintage books and treasured greetings cards; an antique printer’s tray holds Clare’s collection of Fifties and Sixties matchbox labels; a retro-style tea set and a mini crate of clementines bring colour to the kitchen.
Make it work for you CLARE’S STYLE: SCANDI RETRO MY GO-TO STORES…
Retro pieces with Scandi patterns and prints bring this Victorian family home to life
‘It’s my all-time favourite furniture company.’
Mid-century style brings a fresh look to Clare’s Victorian home
‘Eye-catching prints perfect for cushions that can really bring a sofa to life.’ OCHARITY
NATURAL TOUCH Lome woven bulrush pendant lamp, £65.99, Maisons du Monde
‘I love crockery and often discover complete sets.’
COSY THROW Blue Belle throw, £140, Loaf
& GINGER ‘Owned
by my sister, so I’m biased, but her mid-century-style patterns are lovely.’
DIVE IN SHADE Maritime no 236 marble matt emulsion, £44 for 2.5L, Mylands
SCANDI HIT Windmill cushion, £14.99, Very
BLUE NOTES Teal Talbot tweed wool mix two-seater sofa, £1,200, Habitat
FEATURE JENNIFER MORGAN PHOTOGRAPH WILMA CUSTERS
STAR TURN Ice star decorations, £1 for two, Poundland
HANDY STORAGE Shalstone coffee table, £449, Ercol range, John Lewis
RATTAN KNOTS Tokyo chair in rattan, £261, Amara
STYLIST’S NOTE Pick natural materials in a variety of textures to bring a neutral room to life
MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR
40 Easy style updates
From best buys and clever tricks to mini decor projects… this is our roundup of the simplest, quickest ways to make your home more beautiful now
Go for a cosier sofa
Swap your old neutral sofa for one in a warmer tone like terracotta. It’ll look amazing against chic grey walls and be really inviting for snuggly family nights in, in front of the telly. Big Softie large modular sofa in Romo Linara Gingersnap/Gunmetal linen, £4,716, Sofas & Stuff
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Refresh festive greenery
Keep arrangements looking good by trimming stems with sharp scissors when arranging and again when they droop. Make sure foliage doesn’t fall below the waterline and change water every few days or when it looks cloudy.
PERSONALISE PLACE SETTINGS
Party up your dinner table with a name tag at each place setting. Buy bauble card holders and use a metallic pen to write each guest’s name on a piece of card.
Bauble place card holders, £5.99 for six, Ginger Ray Small smoked glass vase, £18; large vase, £40; White Christmas votive, £14, all The White Company
Chalkboard wrapping paper kit, £9.75, Hope & Willow range, Notonthehigh street.com
MAKE HANGING GARLANDS Trim wooden embroidery hoops with sprigs of fir and berries to make mini hanging garlands. Use different-sized hoops, hot-glueing the sprigs on and tying a length of jute to the screw fitting to hang the garland.
DESIGN YOUR OWN WRAP
Create one-oﬀ giftwrap by using sheets of chalkboard paper to wrap presents. Decorate with your own festive design or add a greeting using a white chalkboard pen.
Iggy small side table, £75, Oliver Bonas
SQUEEZE IN MORE SURFACES AND SEATS
Get your living space ready for entertaining. Extra surfaces are a must, so there’s somewhere to put down drinks and nibbles – think about investing in a nest of tables or a couple of small side tables. Bring in additional seating – from chairs and stools to pouﬀes and ﬂoor cushions – to cope with all the extra people. JANUARY 2018
SPELL OUT A FESTIVE GREETING Pick out Hobbycraft’s wooden filigree hanging letters, £1 each, to decorate a garland with a seasonal slogan.
STOCK UP ON PARTY SUPPLIES
Buy a bumper pack of napkins for serving party nibbles or soaking up spills when the bubbly comes out. Fun and festive slogans will get guests in the party spirit.
Pop Clink Fizz napkins, £2 for ten, Matalan
Grab some greenery
Pick up some inexpensive eucalyptus from the ﬂorist to decorate the dining room, arranged in vases or tucked around place settings. Staple branches into garlands, ﬁnish with ribbon bows and tie onto the backs of chairs.
Save on special wrap
Add a Christmassy touch to plain parcel paper by tying with bright ribbon or bakers’ twine and adding a quick sprig of foliage and berries.
MAKE A WINTER SNOW SCENE Turn a clear tank vase into a miniature winter wonderland. Line the base with dried moss to create a landscape, adding a forest of mini brush trees on top. Sprinkle with fake snow to finish.
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GO BIG ON BALLOONS
If all those festive decorations are looking a bit ﬂat towards the end of the holidays, add a bunch of glitzy balloons to liven up the decor for New Year revelry.
Copper bauble garland, £35; jingle bell garland, £12; decorations, from £4, all John Lewis
Gold confetti balloons, £4.30, Papermash
Add more bling to a swag
Perk up greenery and garlands by adding in some colourful decorations. Use garden ties to wire on extra pieces or add a string of hanging baubles.
MAKE THANK-YOU CARDS Buy budget blanks and a gold ink pad and make your own thank-you cards using a rubber stamp. Find a range of designs, from £3, at Hobbycraft.
Harrogate dining table, £690; chairs, £245 each, all Neptune
Bring the outdoors inside
Decorate the table with foliage and berries from the garden. Arrange larger stems in a glass vase as a centrepiece with a small sprig at each place. Keep the rest of the table simple with plain linens, tableware and cutlery.
Vintner side plate, £1.75; dinner plate, £4; Tillagd cutlery, £40 for a 24-piece set, all Ikea
Add a run of open shelves
Give a country kitchen an urban twist with a stretch of open shelving to ﬁll the wall space above a run of base units. Go for industrial-style metal-framed shelves and paint the wall behind a bold contrasting shade.
Carter ﬁtted 600mm shelves, £580; 920mm shelves, £760, both Neptune
START THE BIG TIDY-UP Reclaim the living room by banishing toys and games to bedrooms. Stash a couple of baskets under the coffee table so you can chuck in any that do creep back in.
Barney Bear storage cube, £18, Next
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Try an alternative tree
Don’t have the space for a full-sized tree? Make a downsized version using a large branch brought in from the garden. Stand it in a tub ﬁlled with sand (so it won’t topple over) and decorate with hanging tealights.
KEEP A STEADY HAND
Serve a round of party drinks without spilling a drop. This handy wooden paddle board has a row of cut-out slots so glasses sit securely without wobbling. Perfect for festive dinner parties.
Ravenhead Entertain 5-piece beer taste set, £17.99, Very
George armchair, from £910; Kate hanging tealight holders, £8 each, both Neptune
Wire star wreath, £3, Hobbycraft
CREATE A CHRISTMAS CARD WALL ARRANGEMENT Display a selection of favourites in a triangular shape to resemble a Christmas tree. Use festive washi tape to stick cards to the wall, then top with a small star.
EMBELLISH A BASIC
Use oﬀcuts of greenery and spare tree ornaments to decorate a simple wire star. Wrap the stem around the wire with twine and ﬁnish with a hanging decoration.
SAVE ON THE WASHING UP
If you’re catering for a crowd and don’t have enough plates to go round, swap porcelain for paper and buy disposable party ware so there’ll be no washing up. Go for sturdier coated paper plates that won’t cave in when loaded up with gateaux.
Neviti Scripted Marble paper plates, from £2.99 for eight, Dazzle.uk.com
Forget baubles and bling and pick a few key pieces for a pared-back festive look. Hang a simple starry wreath above a ﬁreplace with a matching garland lining the mantel. Kindling bucket in charcoal, £18, Garden Trading
GET THE FIRE GOING
Have ﬁreside essentials to hand so you can get the ﬁre blazing quickly on chilly evenings. Include bundles of herbscented kindling that’ll give oﬀ a delicious aroma.
Starry birch wreath, £17.50; garland, £17.50, both Cox & Cox
MAKE YOUR OWN FESTIVE WALL SIGN
Print out festive artwork to get guests in the party spirit. Find free Christmas printables on Pinterest and frame them or create your own on the computer using diﬀerent-sized fonts. Good Friends canvas, £12.99, Very
Myrheden frame with clips, £12, Ikea
Create a pretty display
Hang this stylish brass organiser by your bedside or above a dressing table to display photos and mementos. It has a row of hooks for jewellery and comes complete with mini bulldog clips.
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Be a trolley dolly
For a fab party centrepiece – not to mention a handy workhorse when the cocktails and buffet come out – go for a trolley with shelves so you can store heavier bottles and jars on the bottom and serveware on top.
MAKE A NEW YEAR BANNER
Buy metallic foil number balloons to create a 2018 banner for New Year celebrations. Or make your own paper banner by enlarging letters on a computer and printing out.
START THE COUNTDOWN
Make sure all eyes are on the time on New Year’s Eve by decorating a mantel with a quirky array of clocks in various shapes and sizes. Set the alarms for one minute to midnight.
Pop Bang Spark silver tube sparklers, £2.99 for 10, Talking Tables
SET UP A SPARKLING CENTREPIECE
Finish your celebrations with a ﬂourish. Pop mini sparklers into a cake (or several small cakes) to light up as the evening draws to an end.
Centrepiece tealight holder, £20; Martini glass, £4.50; light box, £12; gold tree ornaments, £10 and £15; gel candle, £7, all Sainsbury’s
RAISE YOUR GLASSES Get the party started with a toast. These long-stemmed champagne flutes come in a glass holder for easy serving.
Champagne ﬂutes in glass holder, £22, Matalan
33 Wax pellets, £5 per bag, Hobbycraft
Make wax ﬁre starters
LAY A RUSTIC RUNNER
Go for a relaxed table setting for cosy suppers and family get-togethers. Lay this ﬁr-print runner along the length of the table and add a couple of small galvanised planters to hold cutlery, napkins and condiments.
Christmas-motif table runner, £8.99, H&M
Use pine cones collected from a country walk to make mini ﬁre starters. Pour melted wax into waxed paper cups, placing a pine cone in each and adding a string wick. Leave to set before using.
TAKE A BOUGH Fill the space above the dining table by hanging a branch from the ceiling using hooks and fishing wire. Decorate with fairy lights and hanging baubles.
Morso Kamino outdoor ﬁreplace, £999, John Lewis 100 Ivory Warm White LED connectable outdoor icicle lights, £29.99 for 2m, Lights4Fun
Make the shed shine
Take a ‘less is more’ approach to outdoor lighting by hanging simple strings of icicle lights along the roof line. Go for warm white LED bulbs that cast a softer, warmer glow than regular white, using clips to ﬁx to guttering.
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MAKE PRETTY POSIES
Use ﬁr oﬀcuts from the tree and any leftover greenery to make small arrangements for the table. Add baubles and berry sprigs, tie with gardener’s twine, then display in small jam jars or galvanised metal buckets.
Glittered foliage in galvanised pail, £16, Next
FRAME A FESTIVE SCENE
Create a wintry scene inside a box frame (try Ikea’s Ribba frame, £3.95). Glue a brush tree to the top of a tiny car and place inside, with a thick layer of fake snow and a couple more trees. Write a festive message on the backing board to ﬁnish.
Snuggle up in the garden
Arrange your garden set-up so you can take the party outside. Keep toasty with an outdoor ﬁreplace for guests to gather around plus a stack of ﬂeeces and blankets. Light lanterns and night lights when it gets darker.
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM
Pine cones painted in Chalk paint, Old White, £4.95 for 120ml, Annie Sloan
GET THE SPARE ROOM GUEST-READY Ensure guest rooms are all clean and well aired. Make up the bed with fresh bedding, spritz with linen spray and light a scented candle just before guests arrive.
Fake some frost
Make a mantel garland using lengths of eucalyptus, ﬁr and a scattering of pine cones. Use watered-down white paint to give pine cones a frosty ﬁnish.
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‘We gained space without extending’ Reversing the layout and putting in French doors transformed Jade Rodrigues and Darren Wimhurst’s skinny kitchen – and the way they use it
ZIG-ZAG PATTERN With a dark grout, it makes budget tiles look expensive
Welcome to my home Jade Rodrigues lives here with her partner Darren Wimhurst.
THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom Victorian terrace in southeast London, which they bought in March 2013.
WHAT IT COST
loves Blue-black units Jade’s are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate eggshell. ‘We love how modern it looks,’ she says
‘This room felt narrow and dark, so we moved the kitchen to the opposite end so that we could fit in French doors to increase the light and have a dining space overlooking the garden,’ says Jade Eden kitchen, from £120 for a 600mm unit, Second Nature range, DIY Kitchens
Units.....................£2,594 Worktop...............£2,000 Appliances...........£2,198 Sink and tap............£530 Tiles...........................£167 Flooring...................£320 Lighting...................£234 Total....................£8,043
We work long hours but love coming home to spend time in the kitchen cooking and chatting
HOW JADE AND DARREN DID IT ‘I love cooking and entertaining, so for me the kitchen is the most important room. It was a total mess, though, with broken cupboards and dirty magnolia walls – it all had to go. The room has a low ceiling and felt like a tunnel. A side return extension wasn’t an option and everyone advised us that the space suited a galley kitchen. Instead, we decided to go with our instincts and create two areas, separated by a peninsula, and open up
the back wall to let in light and give us a view of the garden. We designed and measured everything ourselves, sourced the building materials and tradesmen. We removed the old kitchen, did all the painting and bought everything online to keep costs down. The work took three months and ﬁtting cost £5,000. The room works exactly the way we envisaged – I’m so glad we had the courage to design the layout to suit us.’
BELOW ‘We customdesigned the peninsula with open shelves, so it wouldn’t block the view of the French doors and light can travel through to the rest of the space. The carrara marble worktop does attract stains and marks, but we love its imperfections and patina’ Carrara marble worktops, £250m, Stone Applications. Grace pendant, £159, Heal’s. Soho bar stools, £95 each, Rockett St George
JADE’S STYLE? Turn to page 117 to shop the look
FEATURE KATE HILL, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING KATE HILL PHOTOGRAPHS LIZZIE ORME
OPEN SHELVES Help a narrow room feel open, and offer extra display space
ABOVE Jade made the unusual stainless-steel butler’s sink into a feature by adding a statement tap and overhead lighting Astini Belfast 800 2.0 bowl sink and waste, £380; Astini Zetland chrome pullout spout mixer, £130; both Taps UK. Pendant, £25, Two Faces Gallery at eBay
ABOVE ‘Losing the dining table gained us space, a breakfast bar and a small living area. By removing the back wall, the kitchen is much brighter, too’ Antique Blue tiles, £19.95sq m, Walls and Floors. Walls painted in Slaked Lime intelligent matt, £45 for 2.5L, Little Greene
RIGHT Opening up the original chimney breast provided the couple with the perfect space to slot in a big range cooker Smeg Opera 90 dual-fuel range cooker, £1,799, Currys. Microline white tiles, £30sq m, Tons of Tiles. Cucina copper pot, £60, House of Fraser
WHAT I LEARNED
it to look “in Ilinewanted with the age of the house, but contemporary, so I filtered decisions that way: traditional units in a modern colour; butler’s sink, but in stainless steel… and so on
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Make it work for you JADE’S STYLE: VINTAGE BISTRO Dark painted units and sleek marble worktops teamed with industrial fittings are a recipe for success
Vintage-style tiles add instant personality
FEATURE: LISA FAZZANI
WHERE TO BUY 1. TABLEWARE Utility 12-piece dinner set in grey, £25, Wilko
5. JAR Korken jar, £2.50, Ikea
2. LIGHT Hattie one-light pendant, £100, The Chandelier & Mirror Company
6. COOKWARE Stoneware casserole in Cassis, £19, Le Creuset
3. STOOL Granary stool, £100, Swoon Editions
7. TILES Antique vintage blue floor tiles, £31.45sq m, Walls and Floors
4. TAP Caple Torrent pull-out tap, £303, Sinks-Taps
8. COOKER A1-9 Opera range with gas hob, £1,999, Smeg
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â€˜The threemetre island is the star!â€™ With a big, empty space to fill, self-builders Aminah and Joseph Gianfrancesco arranged their new kitchen-diner around this huge, multifunctional central island
PALE GREY UNITS Painted to match the fridge freezer, to help it blend in
AMINAH’S PENDANT LIGHT? Turn to page 123 to shop the look
‘The island is the hub of the room,’ says Aminah. ‘It incorporates the sink, storage, wine racks, shelves for cookbooks and plinth lighting for atmosphere in the evenings. Adam eats breakfast here and I end up working here – we may need some more stools!’ Dalton units, from £60 for a highline base unit, Imaggio Interiors. Ingolf bar stools, £40 each, Ikea. Pendant, £345, Orange & Dutch
Welcome to my home WHO LIVES HERE Aminah Gianfrancesco lives here with her husband, Joseph, and their son, Adam, 12.
THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom, self-built detached house in Surrey.
WHAT IT COST Unit doors and accessories........£16,000 Appliances...........£3,100 Sink and taps..........£870 Lighting...................£425 Worktops.............£4,800 Splashback.............£880 TOTAL...............£26,075
We lived in a poky mobile home for nearly a year while the house was built – this room made it all worthwhile
HOW AMINAH AND JOSEPH DID IT ‘Building this house from scratch meant we could create exactly the kitchen we wanted. It had to be a hard-working room with enough space for me to run my business, as well as for the family to relax and host social events. A friend recommended a designer at Imaggio Interiors, so I visited the showroom and saw my dream kitchen in the window! It was a calm, classic Shaker design. It had to have a
timeless feel that would last and also flow with the rest of our modern furniture. I chose cream and light grey, then added a darker grey tone for the island, so the kitchen didn’t look too uniform. These colours also work with the marble flooring we laid throughout the ground floor. Building our house took nearly a year and the kitchen design and installation cost about £3,300. We absolutely love the result!’
WALK-IN LARDER Storage for stacks of store-cupboard essentials
BOOK NOOK Tall, skinny shelves are good for books or bottles of oil
BELOW Aminah planned the island carefully: ‘The quartz worktop looks like marble, but is much easier to care for, while the pendant puts focus on the space,’ she says. ‘I love the pull-out tap, too – it’s ideal for filling or rinsing big pots and the hot-water tap means I don’t have to wait for the kettle to boil’ White quartz worktop, £960m; Caple Aspen spray tap, £84.74; Ise hot water tap, £376.84; all Imaggio Interiors
KITCHEN PROJECT PURPOSE-BUILT SURROUND Hides the extractor and creates storage
ABOVE ‘When we realised we couldn’t fit standard units under the windows, the designer came up with the idea of these scaled-down cabinets and I love them. The unit makes a brilliant reading nook when I’m trying to find a good recipe,’ says Aminah Sedgwick honed marble floor tiles, around £80sq m, The Stone Gallery
loves Glass splashbacks Great for adding an accent, easy to clean – and simple to remove and change for another colour
FEATURE LOUISE O’BRYAN, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING DILLY ORME PHOTOGRAPHS RACHAEL SMITH
ABOVE A purple glass splashback complements the units, which are painted in cream, light grey and charcoal to add visual interest and break up this large space Splashback, £880 (including template and installation), Imaggio Interiors
RIGHT ‘It’s worth spending time defining what your essential equipment is, so you can create an accessible place for it, like my rack for chopping boards by the oven’ Dalton units (painted in cream, pale grey and charcoal), from £60 for a highline base unit, Imaggio Interiors
WHAT I LEARNED
Use a professional “kitchen designer with good experience and software. I found ours useful for turning my ideas into images and it helped me understand how I would use and move around the space
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Make it work for you AMINAH’S CHOICE: AN ISLAND PENDANT Looking for stylish lighting to complement a kitchen island unit? These designs combine form and function beautifully ORBIT ROUND This bronze sphere with frosted glass shade would look striking hung side by side in a pair. Collection Ceres pendant light (drop 100cm, dia35cm), £39.99, Argos
NEED TO KNOW Consider your space For lighting hanging over an island or peninsula, consider what you’ll be doing there before you buy. If you’re using the space for food prep, go for bright task lighting. If it’s more of a relaxed area for entertaining, choose a fitting that gives a softer glow.
MODERN MOBILE With smoked glass shades and brass fittings, the bottom bar rotates so you can angle it to point in different directions. Tangle light (drop 49cm, W63cm), £99, Made.com
Task lighting For task lighting, choose a fitting that’s open at the bottom so light is directed downward. To avoid circles of harsh, bright light, consider one with a diffuser or use semi-opaque bulbs. A dimmer will allow you to adjust lighting levels.
Go for two separate “pendant lights, or one longline pendant, to spread ambience over the area rather than isolating one side
MALCOLM WALKER, DIRECTOR OF BUYING, FURNITURE VILLAGE
MIX AND MATCH Create your own unique look using a mix of different bulbs and by staggering the cable lengths. Brooklyn vintage five-wire ceiling light, £159, Industville
FEATURE LISA FAZZANI
RISE AND FALL This quirky, industrial-look glass pendant is on a pulley so you can easily adjust its height. Jente glass hanging lamp with pulley, £99, Barker & Stonehouse
TRIPLE DROP This clustered glass droplet pendant makes a striking focal point and adds a subtle hint of colour to a neutral kitchen. Cinders tinted glass triple drop light (drop 150cm, dia20cm), £180, Habitat
IN THE FRAME A black steel frame with large globe bulbs – its longline shape will fill the space above an island. Vienna triple trapeze ceiling light (drop 150cm, W100cm), £269, Furniture Village
Size matters Pick lights in proportion to the size and shape of the area you want to illuminate. Too small a pendant could look lost over a large island, so consider a row of three or go for one oversized design to create impact. How high? Hang island pendants at a height that won’t block your view of the kitchen. Allow a clearance of around 75-90cm above the work surface and the bottom of the pendant. If the island has a hob, raise lights a little higher and avoid hanging them directly above the hob. Keep it clean Steam and grease can be a problem in a kitchen, so choose light fittings that are easy to clean and maintain.
WASHABLE PAINT Will look good for years in a damp environment
‘It all started with this amazing bath…’ Suzanne and Andy Briggs stripped the wardrobes out of a dressing room to turn it into a bathroom with space for a supersize roll-top
Welcome to my home Suzanne Briggs lives here with her husband, Andy, and their two sons Oliver, nine, and Charlie, seven.
THE PROPERTY A modern, five-bed detached house in Oxfordshire.
SUZANNE’S MARBLE FLOOR? Turn to page 129 to shop the look
WHAT IT COST ‘I love how the bath is a dramatic focal point,’ says Suzanne. ‘It’s such an impressive piece, made of hammered and polished cast iron. It took five men to get it upstairs, but luckily we didn’t need to reinforce the floor as well,’ says Suzanne. Tay roll-top bath, £4,650, Drummonds. Imperial Etoile loo, £845, The Cast Iron Bath Company. Misty Fjord floor tiles, £91.81sq m, Topps Tiles. Walls painted in Perse Grey matt emulsion, £52 for 2.5L, Paint & Paper Library
Bath......................£4,650 Basin and stand...£1,030 Taps..........................£547 Loo...........................£845 Tiles..........................£802 Towel rail.................£956 Showerhead.........£1,066 Shower tray..............£891 Shower screen........£649 TOTAL.................£11,436
I can now gaze out over the open countryside and relax when it’s my turn in the bath!
HOW SUZANNE AND ANDY DID IT
BELOW ‘We had to bring the left-hand wall forward by about a foot to straighten it as it jutted out, but we did leave an indent for the basin and the workmen created inset shelving at the end of the wall facing the door,’ says Suzanne. Imperial Etoile basin and stand, £1,030, The Cast Iron Bath Company. Crosswater Belgravia taps, £220, Iconic Brassware range; Imperial Tristan mirror, £368; both UK Bathroom Store. Arezzo wall lights, £88 each, Holloways of Ludlow
‘The en suite to our bedroom was small, but the dressing room was large, so I decided to swap them around. It was better for Andy, too, as he’s very tall, so he needs a big bath and shower. I hired Jon Davies of HHC Architectural Services to project-manage the job. He sub-contracted the work, which was more cost-effective than employing a building company. I designed the layout myself, putting the bath under the window and the loo where the
soil pipe would be. After that, it just fell into place. Once the room was gutted, the plumbing was quite straightforward as our en suite is on the other side of the wall. The work took about a month and the fitting, including the plumbing work, tiling and underfloor heating, came to £6,000. The bath cost a lot, but I made up for it with the rest of the fittings – especially the hexagonal floor tiles from Topps Tiles, which are stunning.’
FEATURE VICTORIA JENKINS, VANESSA RICHMOND STYLING SIAN WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHS WILLIAM GODDARD
WALL LIGHTS Boost lighting for applying make-up and shaving
FREESTANDING TOWEL RAIL Ideal if you’re short on wall space but have a nook to fill
ABOVE ‘We couldn’t make the window bigger because of its lintel, but with no curtains or blinds (we’re not overlooked), the room is bright enough, even with the grey walls,’ she says. Crosswater Belgravia bathshower mixer tap, £327, Iconic Brassware range, UK Bathroom Store. Crackle glaze white gloss vintage wall tiles, £40.89sq m, Tons of Tiles
ABOVE The shower area measures 1x2m, which was the biggest Suzanne could create without having a wet room. The enclosure is tiled in the same tiles that are used below the dado in the rest of the room. ‘We chose
the subway-style tiles as they won’t date,’ she adds. Shower screen, £649; shower tray, £891; both Bourton Bathrooms & Kitchens. Imperial Pitea towel heater, £956, UK Bathroom Store. Badaren bath mat, £3.50, Ikea
WHAT WE LEARNED
be afraid to “useDon’t a dark colour. We put inky grey above the dado – it feels warm and makes the bath look even more striking
BELOW ‘The showerhead had to be a big statement design to look in proportion with the large shower area,’ says Suzanne. ‘I like the industrial look of the exposed pipe.’ Crosswater Waldorf Thermostatic shower valve, £1,066, UK Bathroom Store. Simple Human shower caddy, £100, John Lewis. Grey Geo towel, £6, House of Fraser
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Make it work for you SUZANNE’S CHOICE: MARBLE FLOOR TILES Looking to introduce a little luxury to your bathroom? Consider this sought-after stone that adds glamour with ease Marble has been associated with quality and luxury for thousands of years. Each piece is different, and it’s this that makes it so desirable. The wide variety of tile shapes and sizes means marble is versatile, too.
Is it expensive? Natural marble is invariably more expensive than man-made tiles, especially if you add in the cost of sealants and maintenance. The larger the slab, the higher the price tag. Marble mosaics, which can be made using offcuts, are often more affordable. One trick is to use marble in a small area to create a striking focal point, with less expensive tiles elsewhere. Can marble be used on walls and floors? Generally, floor tiles can be used on walls but not vice versa. Also, weight can be an issue, as wall tiles must be no more than 12mm thick. Check with your tiler/installer before you buy.
Are there disadvantages? Unprotected, marble is a relatively soft stone that will soak up stains. It’s also easily etched by acidic materials; even a bar of soap can leave a mark. ‘We always recommend sealing marble once
FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS WILLIAM GODDARD
before installation and once after grouting,’ says Sophie McKay of Floors of Stone. Use cleaners designed for natural stone and avoid bleach and chemicals. For safety, use honed marble on floors.
Luxe marble floor tiles are perfect with this glam bath
How can I boost its impact? Use large-format slabs with bookmatched veining to create a statement above a bath or inside a shower. Mosaics can be equally impressive on a vanity splashback or to lift the flooring in a compact space. A heavily striated marble like Striato Olimpico or Calacatta will make more impact than one with subtler, feathery veining such as Carrara or Thassos. Are marble-look tiles okay? Marble-look porcelain and ceramic tiles are good alternatives. Many designers recommend man-made marble as a more durable option in showers and on floors. Avoid repeating the vein pattern to ensure a realistic finish.
Marble offers an unrivalled sense of opulence. We predict a move towards coloured marbles in 2018
CLAIRE O’BRIEN, HEAD OF DESIGN, BRITISH CERAMIC TILE
IDEAL HOME LOVES… MARBLE WITH A TWIST
DARK & MOODY Grey veining adds drama. Cappuccino Grey Pulido marble, £143sq m, Porcelanosa
SPLASH OUT Luxury marble mosaics. High Society Rockefeller mosaic tiles, £27.54 each, Fired Earth
TACTILE TREAT A matt marble replica. Inverno Grey porcelain tiles, £26.85sq m, Tile Mountain
CLOSE COPY High-definition printing. HD Distinction ceramic tiles, £33sq m, British Ceramic Tile
QUALITY STONE All Natural Tiles prides itself on sourcing premium grade marble tiles and slabs. Order free samples online. BARGAIN HUNTING Mandarin Stone stocks more than 50 types of marble tiles, from £41.92sq m, making it one of the UK’s largest suppliers. FINISHING TOUCHES To add just a little marble, Amara has a beautifully elegant edit of marble accessories, including soap pumps and toothbrush holders.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
â€˜We turned an old barn into our dream homeâ€™ Londoners Linda Wilson and Peter Quicke were searching online for a plot of land in Scotland when they found this barn on the shores of Loch Duich and recognised its potential
BEFORE & AFTER
The semi-derelict byre had been home to working horses
The barn now has two bedrooms and lots of light-filled living space
Welcome to my home WHAT IT COST
Linda Wilson, a film set consultant, lives here with her husband Peter Quicke, a music producer.
THE PROPERTY A two-bedroom converted barn in Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands.
VALUE Bought for £120,000 in 2009; now estimated to be worth around £450,000-£500,000.
Building work and extension..........£100,000 Windows..............£10,000 Plumbing, heating, kitchen and bathroom.....£20,000 Electrics...............£10,000 Flooring, wall and ceiling finishes................£25,000 Joinery and fittings.................£25,000 Decorating.............£5,000 Landscaping.........£2,500 TOTAL................£197,500
When we first saw the barn we thought it was too good to be true, even though the building was derelict. The setting overlooking Skye was idyllic
Take a quick tour...
FIRST FLOOR UTILITY
DINING / LIVING ROOM
he journey from barn to bespoke home was quite an adventure for Linda and Pete. ‘My family are Scottish – I was born in Dumfries – and we spent a holiday near Fort William a few years ago,’ says Linda. ‘It was then I thought my dream would be to eventually settle in Scotland.’
LINDA SEARCHED PLOTFINDER online for around a year, and eventually found a plot overlooking Skye. ‘I got very excited – it looked so idyllic,’ Linda says. ‘The barn had been used as a byre for working horses and the previous owner had secured outline planning permission to turn it into a house, but he decided to sell rather than develop it himself.’
IDEAL HOME LOCAL SKYE-BASED ARCHITECT Alan Dickson of
Rural Design took on the project. ‘We wanted triple glazing and lots of insulation and open-plan spaces,’ says Linda. Alan suggested putting the entrance around the back. ‘These traditional farm buildings are in danger of disappearing in Scotland, so it was important to retain the barn’s original character,’ says Alan. ‘Often, when these agricultural buildings are converted, you lose that.’
loves Parquet flooring ‘It was my dream to have a parquet floor, and I love the pale but warm tones of this reclaimed oak,’ says Linda
THE THREE EXISTING OPENINGS WERE KEPT and
Alan replaced the existing shutters. The stonework was repointed and the roof finished in retained and reclaimed slate. New interventions included cutting a large window opening into the stonework of the gable pointing towards Skye. A larch-clad lean-to extension with a corrugated metal roof was added at the back of the barn to act as an entrance hall and the main storage and utility area. THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS are maximised from the
open-plan, double-height living, dining and kitchen area. The main bedroom is on the ground floor and there’s a second bedroom on a mezzanine level. ‘I was blown away by how lovely it looked when it was finished,’ says Linda. ‘I really enjoyed the build – there was an amazing sense of achievement at the end.’
WHAT WE LEARNED
surprisingly “easyIt was to stay up to date with the build from London. I came up to the site once a month, our architect emailed us photos and we spoke to the builder on the phone a few times a week
BEFORE & AFTER
STONE WALL The existing stonework was repointed and left exposed for character
QUIRKY PENDANT ‘We found the antler chandelier in a junk shop,’ says Linda
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
Lean-to extensions ABOVE The entrance hall opens out onto a new staircase built alongside the original stone. It leads up to the mezzanine, where the guest bedroom is located
TOP RIGHT Linda couldn’t work out where to put the front door, but the architect suggested extending at the back of the barn to create an entrance and utility space
A lean-to can be an effective way to add space, says Alan Dickson of Rural Design Architects…
THEY ARE UNOBTRUSIVE Lean-to extensions are often found on traditional cottages, so the form sits more sympathetically with barn conversions or period properties, and can be hidden at the back of the building.
FEATURE CAROLINE EDNIE PHOTOGRAPHS NIGEL RIGDEN PLANS AGENCY SERVICE
THEY’RE EASY TO BUILD A timber-frame, timber-clad extension with a corrugated metal sheet roof can be slotted into an existing building. It’s a good way to keep construction simple. ABOVE The ground floor has a double-height living, dining and kitchen space. The main bedroom and office are on the other side RIGHT The kitchen has been built around units that came from Pete’s family home in Devon
THEY FIT ON TRICKY SITES If there is limited space or a steep slope that’s preventing you extending as you wish, slotting in a timber-frame lean-to is an ideal solution.
THEY’RE AFFORDABLE to construct, as there’s no need to build costly retaining walls.
THEY CAN BE USED AS A BOOT ROOM Lean-to extensions are ideal for creating a separate entrance where muddy boots and outdoor gear can be removed and stored before you enter the main living space.
BEFORE & AFTER
BE FOR E
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
‘We redid the back of our house’ Replacing three small add-ons with one large extension gave Karine Hay and Yvan Petillot’s home more space and style
A mixture of add-ons made it look chaotic
hen Karine Hay and Yvan Petillot bought their Victorian villa, they had the chance to create the lightfilled home they’d always craved. SEEING THE POTENTIAL
Karine and Yvan decided to add two extra bedrooms, as well as a large living space that made the most of the south-facing garden. ‘The house didn’t open onto the garden before, and the kitchen wasn’t large enough for a dining table,’ says Karine.
The extension and repainted conservatory are now more contemporary
THE FINAL DESIGN
Crew Architects’ completed plans removed an assortment of add-ons at the back of the building, replacing them with a streamlined glazed extension that opens up the kitchen and dining area.
Welcome to my home THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom villa, built around 1870, in Edinburgh.
THE RECONFIGURED SPACE
‘It has transformed family life – we all spend a lot of time together in the new kitchen-diner, and having a room with a view onto the garden is fantastic,’ says Karine. ‘The outdoor space is like an extra room, and in the summer, the garden can be enjoyed by fully opening the sliding doors. In the winter, it means that it still feels like we’re sitting outside, but we stay warm and cosy indoors.’
VALUE Bought for £650,000 in 2014; now worth around £900,000. Karine Hay, an engineer, and Yvan Petillot, a university professor, live here with their two children, Agathe, 15, and Oscar, 12.
WHAT IT COST Building work..£89,200 Extension roof...................£25,000 Windows and doors........£22,000
Finishes............£19,000 Bespoke (electric blinds, joinery, ﬁtted kitchen)............£13,400 Decoration.........£8,300
TOTAL. . . . £176,900
We spend a lot of time in the new kitchendiner. Having a room with a view of the garden is fantastic
BEFORE & AFTER
Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors allow a seamless ﬂow out to the garden
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
Maintaining roof glazing Grant Sneddon from VELUX shares his know-how…
LEFT A wooden island deﬁnes the kitchen zone in the large, open-plan room. Beside the cosy living area, a door leads through to one of the new bedrooms added to the ground ﬂoor.
be prepared for any “extraAlways costs, and make sure you do all the work at once. Doing some at a later date might save money in the short term, but not in the long term
CLEAN THE GLASS A normal glass cleaning product will do the job. Many roof windows can be rotated 180° and locked into place, allowing you to clean and buff to your heart’s content. MANAGE CONDENSATION In bathrooms or kitchens, condensation can form on the inner pane of the window. Position roof windows above radiators or other sources of heat and keep a regular airﬂow throughout the room to minimise this. CLEAR ANNUALLY Fallen leaves and debris can build up in the drainage channels around windows so, once a year, try to clear these out as best you can to avoid debris building up and blocking gutters. LOOK AT COVER-UPS A shutter or blind offers extra sun-screening and heat protection. Electric blinds can be set to open by day and close at night. INVEST IN A SURFACE REPAIR KIT Use this to sand any scratches on wooden frames with sandpaper of the correct grain size and ﬁnish off with a lick of top coat.
WHAT WE LEARNED
FEATURE CAROLINE EDNIE PHOTOGRAPHS DAPPLE
ABOVE The spacious new kitchen-diner was reconﬁgured from an awkward warren of small rooms at the rear of the house. Glazed doors and a run of roof windows allow natural light to ﬂood into the space.
BRIGHT AND AIRY Roof windows open up this room to unobstructed light from above giving it a luminous, spacious and welcoming feel Roof windows, from £219, VELUX
AND SPACE Create a better environment for you
and your family with VELUX® windows
uring the dark of winter, it’s especially important to maximise the amount of daylight in our homes for our health and wellbeing – particularly in main family spaces such as living rooms, kitchen-diners and bedrooms. So if you’re planning an extension or loft conversion, the impact of natural daylight will be key to its year-round success.
still feels warm without being stuffy. VELUX also sells a wide range of blinds to help make extensions and loft conversions feel extra cosy in winter. Choose from energy saving designs that help keep the heat in to automated styles that open gradually to let in the morning light. VELUX has been supplying glazing solutions for 75 years and offers a 10-year guarantee on all roof windows plus 25-year availability on parts.
LIGHT WORK Adding the right type and size of windows can transform a dark area VELUX pleated blinds, from £72
KEY CONSIDERATIONS VELUX roof windows will ﬂood daylight into a room, making it feel more spacious. They’re great for ventilation, too, bringing fresh air into your home through vent bars without having to open the whole window, so the cold stays out but the room
FOR MORE INFORMATION...
If you’re feeling inspired and would like to get some advice on your next project, simply email email@example.com, call 01592 778873 or visit velux.co.uk
DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA & THE CAPE OUR EXCLUSIVE 10-DAY TOUR INCLUDES TABLE MOUNTAIN, THE WINELANDS AND CAPE PENINSULA
PLUS FREE Helicopter trip above Cape Town* * Book by 31 December 2017
outh Africa’s Cape is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and this exclusive 10-day tour takes in many highlights, such as the spectacular scenery dominated by rugged Table Mountain, Cape Town, the fabulous winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and the Cape of Good Hope. Plus there’s incredible wildlife, from the penguins of Boulders Bay to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, home to baboons, mongooses, dassies and hundreds of bird species. There are also three options to extend your trip, as we’re sure you won’t be able to resist falling in love with one of the world’s top destinations.
EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY To pick one of these three-night additional itineraries, see right for prices and call our travel partner Africa Travel on 020 8115 5402 to find out more: 1 Go on safari: Enjoy twice-daily safari activities as you go in search of the ‘Big Five’ – lions, leopards, buffalo, elephant and rhinos – at Amakhala Game Reserve. 2 Visit Victoria Falls: See the 100m-high falls, plus elephants, hippos and more. 3 Luxury beach and spa: Unwind at the end of your trip on the golden sands of the luxurious, five-star Oyster Box Hotel near Durban.
Be awed by the majesty of the Victoria Falls
WHAT’S INCLUDED Spot elephants on safari at Amakhala Game Reserve Visit the Cape’s Winelands
Relax at the ﬁve-star Oyster Box Hotel Take in the Cape’s stunning ﬂora
Return ﬂights, transfers and taxes, accommodation throughout, all breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners*, wine and chocolate tasting. Entrance fees for all activities and excursions listed in the itinerary. The services of an Africa Travel tour guide.
THE DATES 14-24 April 2018 or longer, if you choose an extension.
YOUR AMAZING ITINERARY DAY 1 Fly to South Africa Fly from London Heathrow to Johannesburg. DAY 2 Cape Town After your connecting ﬂight, you’ll be met at Cape Town airport and transferred to the Cape Milner Hotel, where you’ll stay for the next four nights. DAY 3 Table Mountain Explore stunning Cape Town with a guided city tour, before visiting iconic Table Mountain. DAY 4 Cape of Good Hope Explore the rest of the Cape Peninsula including Chapman’s Peak Drive, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach and historic Simon’s Town, where you’ll have lunch before visiting the Cape of Good Hope. DAY 5 Explore Cape Town Take a tour of Robben Island, the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in captivity, with one of its former inmates as your guide. This afternoon is at your leisure. DAY 6 Cape Winelands & Stellenbosch Enjoy a cheese and wine tasting at Fairview Wine Estate, then visit beautiful Stellenbosch and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawns of Boschendal Wine Estate before arriving at the Devon Valley Hotel.
DAY 7 Franschhoek You will start your visit to the charming French Huguenot village with a tasting at the Franschhoek Cellars Wine Estate, in which the wines are paired with local handmade chocolates. DAY 8 Hermanus Travel through dramatic Sir Lowry’s Pass before exploring the ﬁshing village of Hermanus. Enjoy dinner at your peaceful, rural home for the next two nights, the Blue Gum Country Estate. DAY 9 Dyer Island Take a boat trip to one of the most richly populated islands for sea birds and seals in South Africa, where thousands of penguins, cormorants, terns and Cape fur seals create an extraordinary sight (and sound!). After lunch you will enjoy a guided walk in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, home to baboons, mongooses, dassies, and hundreds of bird species, before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner. DAY 10 Leaving the Cape You’ll be transferred to Cape Town airport ready to ﬂy to Johannesburg, where you’ll connect with the direct ﬂight to London. DAY 11 Flying home Arrive at Heathrow.
From £2,425pp, based on two sharing. Single supplement, £745. VICTORIA FALLS EXTENSION, from £1,095pp, based on two sharing. Single supplement, £495. SAFARI EXTENSION, from £1,095pp, for two sharing. Single supplement, £345. BEACH HOLIDAY EXTENSION, from £595pp, based on two sharing. Single supplement: £375.
HOW TO BOOK Call 020 8115 5402 and quote ref TSCAPE
FIND OUT MORE idealhome.tripsmiths. com/southafricatourIH *Please note that drinks at lunches and dinners are not included Our travel partner is ABTOT-bonded and a member of IATA and this trip is ATOL-protected.
JANUARY’S GENIUS PROBLEM SOLVERS
Keep your home running smoothly and stress levels low with these clever finds and fixes THE STYLISH DISPOSABLES If you have more guests than plates, it’s worth stocking up on some of Talking Tables’ gorgeous disposable tableware. As well as paper plates and cups, the company also has fab decorations. Modern metallic paper cups, £4.49 for eight; Nordic Christmas bottle brush trees, £8.49 for six; Nordic Christmas tealight holder, £5.49; all Talking Tables
THE BEST SUPERMARKET PARTY FOOD
A mix of red beetroot and green spinach blinis, together with smoked salmon and crème fraîche to serve. Smoked salmon blinis, £7 for 12, Waitrose
THE WINE GLASS CHARMS Throwing a New Year’s party? Help your guests avoid mixing up their wine glasses with these classic wine charms. Part of the BundleBerry range by Amanda Holden at QVC, these cute tassel charms (£12 for six) are smart, stylish and visible enough without being too conspicuous. And if they’re good enough for Amanda…
Ideal Home tip Visit talkingtables.co.uk for a whole range of free festive printable downloads, including memory games, bunting, fun animal masks and quizzes THE FOOD SAVERS Shatterproof, stain-resistant, leak-proof and airtight, the Clearly food storage range from Lock & Lock at Dunelm is perfect for your Christmas leftovers. Round 760ml container, £6; round 420ml dome-style container, £5.
STEAK & CHIPS
Delicious rump steakwrapped fries, served with a creamy béarnaise dip. Steak and chips, £9 for 10, Marks & Spencer
AFTER DINNER MINTS
Finish the buffet off with these bite-size chocolates, filled with mint ice cream and a rich choc centre – yum! After dinner mint ice cream chocolates, £1 for 10, Asda
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS THE BEST BETWEEN-COURSE GAMES
THE EXTRA DISH RACK With all the extra entertaining at this time of year comes the extra washing up. The neat Udry drying mat, £15, from Umbra combines a mini dish rack and absorbent mat in one, which can be rolled up easily after use.
1 Match A Track card game, £12.99, Liberty 2 Unravel the Santa Wonderball, £8.99, Cotswold Trading 3 Sing it Back music quiz, £9, Ridley’s range, Wild & Wolf
Ideal Home tip Save money (and a trip to the shops when you run out of fizzy water) by buying a classic SodaStream Fizzi sparkling water maker (£99.99, sodastream.co.uk)
THE FIZZ BLING Fancy zhuzhing up your festive fizz? Check out Popaball’s Prosecco shimmer from Lakeland. One third of a teaspoon of this rose-gold powder stirred into a glass of Prosecco will transform it into a sparkling glimmer-fest. Rose Gold Prosecco shimmer, £6.99 for 21g, Popaball range, Lakeland
THE STAIN REMOVER With a full house, carpet or upholstery stains are inevitable. That’s when you need the Stain Eraser, £99.99 from Bissell. Simply fill the well of the Stain Eraser with water and cleaning solution and let it do all the spraying, scrubbing and cleaning for you.
THE TABLE SPACE SAVER Never enough space on your dining table when you have the family over? This Scandi-style serving platter not only looks stylish, but its clever raised design also ekes out an extra ‘level’ on the table, so you can place food on top and underneath. Big Feast 85 in natural oak, £60, Wireworks range, Naken Interiors
THE LIGHT SHOW Love the idea of decorating your house with festive lights but can’t face hanging them? JML’s Star shower slideshow, £59.99, will project images onto your house via a small weatherproof projector placed in your front garden.
THE CORDLESS WARMER Having a buffet? Keep everything warm for your guests with this food and plate warmer, £19.99, Master Class range, Very. Powered by three tealights, it’ll keep your buffet going from the afternoon right though ’til the evening.
THE BEST BOOZEFREE DRINKS
THE FINISHING TOUCHES Once Christmas is out of the way, you won’t have long to prep for your New Year’s bash so get ahead and stock up on brilliant party decorations and accessories from Sainsbury’s. Warm white fairy lights, £20; gold pearlised balloons, £2 for 10; mini luxury crackers, £5 for six, all Sainsbury’s
Ideal Home tip Having cocktails at New Year? Make mega ice balls (dia6.35cm) with the Tovolo Sphere Clear system, £29.99 for a four-mould set, from Amazon
1 Seedlip Garden gin-style drink, £26 for 70cl, Ocado 2 Sparkling Apple, Cherry & Pink Peppercorn, £2.50 for 750ml, Marks & Spencer 3 Dashing Through the Sloe fruit juice drink, £1.50 for 250ml, Sainsbury’s
THE BARGAIN GLASSWARE Everyone needs a posh glass to toast the New Year with, so if you’re lacking, Ikea has a super selection for your fizz. We love the Storhet coupe, £1.50, and the Vinter 2017 flute, £1.75.
THE PET FRIENDLY PLANT Did you know that poinsettia can be poisonous to cats and dogs if they eat it? With a full house over the festive period, it can be impossible to keep an eye on your pet, so save yourself the stress and invest in a fabulous faux plant instead. Medium potted red faux poinsettias, £25 each, Bloom
FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI
THE WINE WAITER Keep red wine warm and white chilled to perfection with these bottle sleeves. The Therm au Rouge needs 10-20 minutes in a pan of simmering water, while the Flexicles can be stored in the freezer. Therm Au Rouge and Flexicles gift set, £14.99, CellarDine
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FASCINATING ESCORTED TOURS FOR THE DISCERNING TRAVELLER
Satisfy your desire to explore new places, discover different cultures and immerse yourself in new experiences. Riviera Travel’s award-winning tours provide more than a holiday - we take you to the most exciting destinations where we uncover insights into the lives, histories and cultures of the people who call them home. Our prices are competitive and include return ﬂights or train travel, hotel transfers, fascinating excursions and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager. We guarantee there are no hidden costs or surcharges, inﬂated prices or artiﬁcial discounts, so anytime is the best time to book with us.
WHERE CAN WE TAKE YOU?
HIDDEN ITALY: PADOVA, VICENZA & MANTOVA
NORTHERN CROATIA: THE ISTRIAN RIVIERA & ZAGREBA
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Selected departures from April to October 2018
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To book, or for details about our full tours collection call: 01283 744319 or visit: ideriviera.co.uk TERMS & CONDITIONS: Additional entrance costs may apply. Prices are per person, based on two sharing and subject to finite availability. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Offer operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430, a company wholly independent of Ideal Home, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. Prices correct as of 02/11/17.
KITCHEN TECH 5 BEST FRIDGE FREEZERS Fridge freezers are now so full of technology, they really can change your life! From cameras that can be accessed via a smartphone to sensor-controlled water dispensers, they’re far more than just a place to keep milk. Here’s our pick of the best new models
THE BIG ONE This 758L five-door A++ side-by-side design has a 48L compartment that can be set to -18, -8, 0 and 3°C, and a concealed 4L water dispenser that appears from inside the door when you place a cup in front of the sensor. There’s also a rapid-chill and fast-freeze zone, plus a nine-way shelf layout.
LEARNS YOUR ROUTINE With an impressive A+++ energy rating, this Energy Saving Trust-approved 322L fridge freezer will cost less than £25 a year to run. Available in 12 colours, the 227L fridge has a salad drawer and learns when you’re most likely to open the door, decreasing the temperature to prevent a change that can prematurely rot fresh food.
Karakuri SJ-WX830F (H185xW90xD79cm), £3,690, Sharp Home Appliances
ORK193 (H60xW194xD66.9cm), from £809, Gorenge
4 FLEXIBLE FREEZING Haier’s A++ rated Cube has a whopping 610L of space. The bottom right compartment can switch from a fridge to a freezer or rapid chiller (-20 to +5°C), while the main fridge has a high (80%) humidity zone for fruit and veg, and separate low humidity drawers that can extend the life of fresh meat, fish and dairy by up to a week.
3 CLEVER STORAGE An A+ 499L design with three drawers – one of which can be used as a fast chiller, fridge or freezer – and a separate compartment with its own door.
Cube HTF-610DM7 (H190x W90.8xD73.8cm), £1,200, Haier
LG GM6140PZQV (H185xW73xD70cm), £1,099, Currys
5 HIDDEN CAMERAS This A++ app-connected 234L fridge, 86L freezer capacity model from Bosch has twin HD cameras hidden in the fridge that allow you to check if you need to pick up a pint of milk or something for dinner on the way home, all via your smartphone and the Home Connect app. KGN36HI32 (H187xW60x D65cm), £949, Bosch
KITCHEN TECH 5 BEST COFFEE MACHINES Whether you need a vat of filter coffee to jump-start your day, an elegant espresso to finish a meal, or love to kick back with an indulgent flat white, we’ve chosen a selection of the finest home coffee machines on the market to feed your caffeine fix
THE HANDY ONE Available in a black, silver or sleek titanium finish, this machine comes with a milk frother that allows you to whip up the milk first then add the coffee to it, creating a super-smooth and creamy brew. There are four serving sizes: alto (414ml), mug (230ml), gran longo (150ml) and espresso (40ml), so all caffeine bases are covered.
FOR MORE THAN COFFEE With 78 hot drinks to choose from, including Kenco and Costa coffees, Twinings tea, Cadbury hot chocolate and even an indulgent Baileys latte macchiato, the 15-bar Tassimo pod system is the most versatile available. It’s simple to use – it reads a barcode on the pod ensuring the perfect volume and temperature for the drink.
Vertuo (H32xW22xD33cm), £199, Nespresso
T32 (H25.1xW16.7xD30.5cm), £119.99, Tassimo
4 BARISTA QUALITY The Barista Touch bean-to-cup hybrid machine helps take the guesswork out of producing the perfect cup. Automating the trickier aspects of the brewing process, such as grinding and dispensing the precise amount of beans and extracting the espresso, leaves you time to practise your latte art with the professionalquality steam wand.
3 TREND SETTER Combining the ease of a filter machine with the latest craze for ‘pour over’ coffee, this extracts maximum flavour from ground coffee by controlling water temperature (93°C) and flow.
Sage Barista Touch (H30x W32xD40cm), £999, John Lewis
5KCM0802BCU (H38.5xW22xD29cm), £179, KitchenAid
FEATURE CHRIS HASLAM
5 SERIOUS ESPRESSO If you love espresso, try this bean-to-cup design, which uses a new extraction process that forces hot water through the ground coffee at short intervals allowing flavours to fully develop. Longer drinks are also catered for thanks to the compact steam arm, which produces extra-fine milk foam. A7 (H32.3xW23.9xD44.5cm), £895, Jura
FOOD WITH FRIENDS
Bake something special Kick-start your Christmas holiday with a home-baking session to make treats or gifts for all your favourite people
Really rich chocolate tiramisu cake See page 151 for recipe
Mulled tart See page 151 for recipe
IDEAL HOME TIP Never work with shortcrust pastry straight from the fridge. Leave it out for 45 minutes to return to room temperature first
Mince tarts with a twist See page 151 for recipe
IDEAL HOME TIP Add the grated zest of a lemon to the pastry for a zingy citrusy flavour
Gingerbread tray bake See page 151 for recipe
Orange flower madeleines Takes 30min Makes 12-15 INGREDIENTS 2 eggs 75g caster sugar 85g plain white ﬂour 1tsp baking powder ¼tsp salt 60g butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus extra for greasing Grated zest of 1 orange 2tsp orange ﬂower water 4tsp ﬂoral honey, melted
1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C/Gas 7. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a bowl until pale and frothy. Sift then fold in the flour, baking
powder and salt, working carefully and quickly.
2 Add the butter, orange zest and orange flower water and fold through quickly. Spoon the mixture into 2 greased madeleine trays, filling each hole no more than three-quarters.
Bake for 8min, then remove the tray from the oven and drizzle over the honey. Bake for a further 2min and turn out while the madeleines are still hot.
Really rich chocolate tiramisu cake
Takes 45min Serves 12
INGREDIENTS 375g sheet shortcrust pastry 4tbsp apple juice 2tbsp ruby port 175g caster sugar, plus extra 1tsp ground cinnamon 1 fresh nutmeg, grated 300g fresh or frozen cranberries 2tbsp cornﬂour, mixed with 1½tbsp cold water 300g frozen mixed berries
INGREDIENTS 135g butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing Cocoa powder for dusting 200g dark chocolate 8 eggs, separated 150g ground almonds 2tbsp amaretto 110g caster sugar FOR THE FILLING 2tbsp amaretto 1-2tsp coffee powder 250g mascarpone 75g icing sugar, plus extra
1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/ Fan 150°C/Gas 3. Fully line 2 20cm cake tins with baking parchment, brush with butter and dust with cocoa powder. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Cool for 5min, then stir in the egg yolks, ground almonds and amaretto. Whisk the egg whites into soft peaks, adding the sugar 1tbsp at a time. Fold into the chocolate mixture, then divide between the tins. Bake for 20-25min. Cool in the tins for 5min, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. To make the filling, mix the amaretto and coffee to dissolve, add the mascarpone and icing sugar and whisk until thick. Spoon onto one cake, then top with the second. Trace a snowflake shape onto a piece of paper and cut out to make a stencil. Place this on top of the cake and dust with icing sugar. Remove the stencil and serve.
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Takes 1hr 30min Serves 6-8
1 Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Line a 26.5x19cm tart tin with the pastry and chill in the fridge. Cut out snowflakes with cookie cutters from the leftover pastry, then chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Heat the apple juice and port with the sugar in a pan until dissolved, then stir in the spices and cranberries. Heat for 1min, remove from the heat and stir in the cornflour mix. Heat again for 2-3min, then add the mixed berries. Heat for another minute then set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Line the pastry with foil and fill with baking beans, then bake for 15min. Remove the foil and beans, cook for another 5min, then allow to cool slightly. Turn the oven down to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Pour in the filling and bake for 35min. Put some caster sugar on a plate and dip the snowflakes on one side, then bake on a tray for 15min. Sprinkle the stars over the cooked tart to serve.
Mince tarts with a twist
Gingerbread tray bake
Takes 2hr 15min, plus chilling Serves 24
Takes 1hr 15min Serves 10-12
INGREDIENTS 350g plain ﬂour 200g butter, cubed 115g icing sugar 3 egg yolks 100g dried apricots, chopped 50g hazelnuts, chopped 400g jar mincemeat 1 cooking apple 4tbsp almond or hazelnut liqueur 1 egg, beaten Caster sugar, to decorate
1 Put the flour in a food processor, add the butter and blend until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add the icing sugar and blend lightly to mix. Add the egg yolks and 2 to 3tsps cold water to make a firm smooth dough. Wrap and chill for at least an hour. Mix together the apricots, hazelnuts and mincemeat in a large bowl. Peel and grate the apple into the bowl, then mix in the liqueur. Preheat the oven to 190°C/ Fan 170°C/Gas 5. Thinly roll out three-quarters of the pastry and cut out rounds using a 7.5cm cutter. Use to line 2 12-hole tart tins. Brush the pastry edges with water, then add filling to each. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut 12 lids using a 6cm cutter. Cut out stars from the centres and put on 12 pies; put the lids on the other 12. Brush with beaten egg. Bake for 20min, leave to cool for 5min, then transfer to a wire rack. Sprinkle with caster sugar to serve.
INGREDIENTS 3 pieces stem ginger (from a jar), chopped 150g butter, plus extra for greasing 250g black treacle 150g golden syrup 100g light muscovado sugar 2 eggs 200ml semi-skimmed milk 350g plain ﬂour 1tbsp ground ginger 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tsp baking powder 100g icing sugar 1tbsp lime or lemon juice Silver balls, to decorate
1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/ Fan 150°C/Gas 3. Grease and line a 28x18cm shallow cake tin with baking parchment, making sure the paper comes well above the top of the tin. Grease the paper. Put the ginger in a saucepan with the butter, treacle, syrup and sugar and heat gently until the butter has melted; take off the heat. Beat together the eggs and milk, then add to the pan. Sift the flour, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in the contents of the pan to make a smooth batter. Pour into the tin and bake for 40-45min. Take care not to overcook or it may lose its stickiness. Cool in the tin. Beat together the icing sugar and enough lime or lemon juice to make a glossy icing. Lift the cake out of the tin and drizzle with the icing. Sprinkle with the silver balls.
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Turkey & butternut squash curry Feed the family on this Bridget Jones classic – it’s easy to make, super comforting and the perfect way to use up some of those Christmas leftovers
TAKES 50min SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 450g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes 2tbsp sunﬂower oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 red chillies, deseeded (1 ﬁnely chopped; 1 sliced, to garnish) 1½tbsp Thai red curry paste 400ml coconut milk 130ml chicken or vegetable stock 1tbsp Thai ﬁsh sauce 1tbsp light soy sauce 1tsp sugar 4 kaffir lime leaves 100g ﬁne green beans, trimmed 350g cooked turkey, cut into long strips Juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges, to serve 2tbsp chopped coriander
1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/ Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Put the squash in a roasting tin, add half the oil, coat well and roast for 15min.
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2 Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a casserole and sweat the onion for 5min. Add the garlic and chopped chilli, and sweat for another minute. Add the curry paste, increase the heat and fry for 1min. Pour in the coconut milk, stir well, then add the stock, ﬁsh sauce, soy sauce, sugar and lime leaves. Simmer for 10min.
Add the green beans, turkey and roasted squash, cover and leave to simmer for 10min, until the beans are tender. Stir in the lime juice and three-quarters of the chopped coriander. Check the seasoning, then spoon into large bowls. Top with the remaining coriander and the sliced chilli. Serve with the lime wedges.
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