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Vintage-style treats Gardeners’ goodies Handmade crafts


Seasonal makes ❋ Expert tree advice ❋ Heritage days out

JOYFUL festive homes

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Editor’s Letter


The countdown to Christmas seems to start earlier every year, with classic tunes ringing out from high-street stores hoping to cajole folk into buying a festive decorative tree trinket or ten! To be on trend this winter season, make sure it has a Scandinavian theme, as our love affair with re-creating a Nordic Noel doesn’t seem to be diminishing, especially the classic combination of red, white and grey. Nostalgic, vintage-style decorations, and embellishments influenced by woodland creatures are also key looks this season; as for colour, it’s all about gold. Whatever look you choose, we have picked our faves from the high street, boutiques and online stores (from page 17). If you’re stuck for present ideas this year, our gift guide (page 45) has an abundance of carefully selected offerings we think will be gratefully received. I particularly like the jolly Catherine Tough slippers – one can never have enough polka dots, in my book. Last but not least, we have five fabulous Christmas homes in this issue, all beautifully styled with creative ideas. Although I think the stunning medieval Crow’s Hall (page 48) is a sight to behold, with or without the decorations. Happy Christmas from all at PL!


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The latest wreaths, baubles, stockings and tree toppers



Cover photograph MARK SCOTT

Homespun decorating ideas for a traditional celebration



GIFT GUIDE Vintage-style treats Gardeners’ goodies Handmade crafts


❋ Seasonal makes ❋ Expert tree advice ❋ Heritage days out


JOYFUL festive homes

From a resplendent medieval manor to a glittering Georgian cottage




DECORATING & SHOPPING 9 17 35 45 129

170 My vintage world

The co-founder of RE, Jenny Vaughan, shares her tips and traditions for the festive season


The latest interiors offerings chosen by the editor


Adorn your home in one of this season’s key Christmas trends, from Scandi to woodland-themed decorations


Rustic country Christmas

Combine traditional prints in red, white and blue, with aged woods and natural decorations, for a cosy scene


Nostalgic Noel

We share pretty and practical gift ideas for vintage lovers

Festive foraging

Get crafty and follow these step-by-step projects to make seasonal decorations from nature’s generous bounty

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New exhibitions and fairs to visit, plus insider news and views from the antiques, vintage and art worlds

29 The cool, calm collector

Marc Allum reflects on feasting traditions of times past, plus dine in style with our pick of beautiful tableware


A kind of magic

A rare gem, Catherine Spurrier’s Grade II* listed medieval manor has been completely renovated from a sad and neglected state into a charming, welcoming home

Keeping traditions alive

Wendy Boonstra decorates her cosy cottage with vintage baubles, candles and natural foliage to create a magical Christmas atmosphere reminiscent of her childhood

A stately Christmas

Set in 1,000 acres of land passed down over 200 years, Linda Jane and Charles Stanton’s Grade II-listed converted stable block is decked out ready for festive celebrations

All is quiet

Alison King and Paul Varnon transformed a 19th-century cottage, set in a Conservation Area, into a characterful home packed with reinstated period features

’Tis the season

Brimming with vintage finds and Scandinavian style, the Jowilins’ cosy Swedish cottage comes to life at Christmas


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Gardeners’ gifts

Treats for green-fingered friends and family

A touch of frost

The avenues of trees and box topiary in the historic gardens of Yarlington House are transformed into living works of art when covered in a veil of winter white

145 Set in stone

A decorative statue helps maintain interest in your garden even in the bleak winter months – we share our favourites


Spruce things up

Nothing beats the smell of a fresh fir at Christmas time. Garden expert Mick Lavelle offers tips on buying trees

Create the perfect family kitchen

The hub of your home should combine practical and social spaces – we share 10 ways to strike the balance

101 Latest looks for ranges

Make light work of those extra cooking commitments this Christmas with a stylish new range cooker

109 A helping hand

Whiz up a storm in the kitchen with the latest appliances


Reclaim & reuse

We trawl for treasure at the salvage yards






Christmas crafters

Be inspired to give loved ones a unique, handmade gift that they will cherish for ever with our round-up of the best offerings from British talent

Festive frolics

From wreath-making workshops to carols by candlelight, enjoy traditional pastimes with our selection of events at historic properties across the UK


Your chance to win a classic Leisure range cooker

68 Subscription offer

Treat yourself and a friend with our 2-for-1 offer

150 Stockists

Where to find all the products featured in the December issue of Period Living DECEMBER 2015 7

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December shortlist

The editor’s pick of the latest and most stylish interior offerings for the festive period, from characterful decorations to seasonal homeware and gift ideas


This year Period Living is celebrating traditional tones, natural foliage and nostalgic decorations – a rural look brought to life here with Dobbies’ real trees, from £29.99; 120 LED red berry lights, £24.99; poinsettia and berry wreath, £19.99; and poinsettia garland, £19.99 ( DECEMBER 2015 9

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A contemporary take on the traditional fir tree, the Frosted Branches Hanging Tree from Cox & Cox is composed of 10 natural frosted birch branches tied together with rustic jute string. Easy to hang on the wall, it’s the perfect alternative to a real tree in small spaces, or would make a stylish addition to an entrance hall. H185xW115x D5cm, £40. (cox

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Taking inspiration from the autumnal English countryside, Thornback & Peel’s latest design, Pheasant & Oak, is featured on aprons, teatowels and 100 per cent cotton napkins – ideal for adding a seasonal touch to your table, W45xL45cm, £11.55 each. (

SILENT NIGHT With the festive season soon to be upon us, now is the ideal time to think about sprucing up the spare room, and a statement headboard can be just the thing to transform a simple piece of furniture into a focal point. Featuring an iconic wing-style design, and upholstered in its House Weave Ruby fabric, this Caldey headboard from The Headboard Workshop will bring a sophisticated look to a classic interior. From £668 for a H77x W153xD9cm double. (01291 628216;

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TALENT SPOT Kayleigh Radcliffe, maker and illustrator

It was in 2013, after graduating with a degree in illustration, that Kayleigh Radcliffe decided to start her own business making and selling her range of delightful illustrated prints, cards, spun-cotton ornaments and jewellery. In love with all things fantastical and nostalgic, Kayleigh finds inspiration in all manner of places, from antique children’s books and Victorian photographs to fairy tales and folklores. ‘Autumn and winter in the countryside influences my work, too, with its smells, colours and its dark, eerie atmosphere,’ she explains. Especially for Christmas, Kayleigh has created a limited collection that features festive prints and unique spun-cotton tree ornaments inspired by vintage Dresden decorations.

FROM LEFT Buy Kayleigh’s unframed cat print, £10; Goose spun-cotton ornament, £55; and Cat tree decoration, £44, at Not on the High Street

Count down to the big day in style with Fortnum & Mason’s musical wooden advent calendar. Each of the 24 compartments, which can be filled with treats, plays a different festive tune upon opening. Featuring an illustration of the iconic Piccadilly store front, the calendar, £150, will make a treasured keepsake. (

Seasonal scent Fill your home with the welcoming aroma of Mineheart’s new Enchanted Forest scented soy candle, £34. Made in England using natural oils, it boasts the eccentric homeware store’s own unique fragrance formula, Oud wood. (0845 467 4580; mine

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Nostalgic prints

During World War II, strain was placed on the British Postal Service, so the General Post Office distributed graphic posters to encourage people to send their Christmas post early. This year, the Imperial War Museum has created quirky cards featuring imagery from original 1940s posters designed by Jan le Witt and George Him. Priced £6 for a pack of eight cards (four of each design), sales go towards supporting the Museum and helping to tell the stories of those who have fought and died in conflict since 1914. (

Create an alternative festive display with these traditionalstyle glass baubles, £3 each at George Home. Featuring classic Christmas symbols, such as St Nicholas and the Nutcracker, they’re perfect for vintage lovers. (


Just in time for Christmas, decorative design company Morris & Co is launching a brand new range of cushions to complement its home accessories offering. Perfect as gifts for heritage lovers, or for making a statement on your own sofa, the cushions, from £59, feature a mix of designs digitally printed onto various cloths – from the Archive I, II and III print collections, to brand new designs, such as The Brook, inspired by medieval tapestries and created by head designer, Alison Gee. (0844 543 9500;

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Julie Hassan, buying manager at Liberty, shares the iconic department store’s plans for the festive season

From left: Juniper apron, £24.95; teatowel, £12.95; cakestand, £69.95; mug, £19.95; double oven glove, £29.95, all Liberty (

WHAT’S NEW AT LIBERTY THIS CHRISTMAS? We’re really excited for Christmas here at Liberty. By the end of the year our home and gift floors will be having a refreshing update, which will see the whole third floor turn into a Liberty print emporium – collaborations and Flowers of Liberty collections will sit together for an impressive explosion of Liberty print. French ceramist Astier de Villatte will take more space on the fourth floor, and there will be lots of new, exciting objects and furniture arriving, sourced by our global antiquities expert, Bruce Lepere. We’re also delighted to be launching a new Liberty print collection called Juniper. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE NEW JUNIPER CHRISTMAS COLLECTION Originally created as a print for dress fabric, Juniper is a classic 1930s Liberty pattern that has been updated with a festive palette to form part of the Liberty Flowers collection for a limited period. There will be kitchen textiles including a tea cosy, teatowel, napkins and an apron, as well as tableware, which includes a mug, cakestand and jug. All made in England, the Juniper textiles, ceramics and food gifts will be available online and in store.

Keep it simple

It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to decorations, but humble candles are all you need to create a peaceful, magical atmosphere full of festive twinkle. Why not display them in these stylish hanging tealight stars from The White Company’s Christmas collection? H28x W29.5xD7.5cm, hang them with sprigs of foraged foliage to complete an understated, rustic look, £30. (020 3758 9222;

MYSTERIOUS CHRISTMAS Bring some animal magic to your Christmas lunch with Littala’s Tanssi tableware collection, featuring whimsical creatures brought to life in an enchanted woodland. Finnish for dance, the Tanssi range was designed by London-based designer Klaus Haapaniemi, and is inspired by the Finnish opera production The Cunning Little Vixen, a sad but enchanting tale of morphing animals and humans. ‘The best part of Christmas is how the atmosphere evokes the “inner child” inside every mind,’ says Klaus – a mood perfectly captured in this playful collection.

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Web watch If you like textured fabrics, you’ll love Wool Me, the new sister company of popular brand Linen Me. Celebrating the beauty of natural fibres and traditional weaving techniques, it offers a handpicked assortment of beautiful throws and blankets, from merino to mohair. BELOW Federico grey gold alpaca throw (on

wheel), W130xL190cm; Sergio gold wool throw (on saddle), W130xL200cm; Alberto grey gold wool throw (in basket), W130x L200cm, all £49.99 each. (

FLYING HIGH Traditionally Christmas trees were topped with decorative ornaments of either stars or angels, but why not put a twist on tradition and opt for some cute feathered friends instead? This beautiful Owl Couplet tree topper, £68, has been handmade by talented doll maker Alice Mary Lynch exclusively for Anthropologie’s Christmas collection. (

Treats for the table

FROM LEFT John Lewis Snowdrift reindeer crackers, £12 for a pack of six (; Pentreath & Hall Tetrahedran crackers, £40 for a pack of six, (; Rustic stag crackers, £25 for a pack of six, House of Fraser (houseoffraser.; Cowshedcracker, £10 each, (cowshedonline. com); Katie Leamon luxury crackers, £60 for a pack of six, (; Hotel Chocolat cracker, £5 each (

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No Christmas lunch would be complete without the essential party hat and cheesy joke that comes with a cracker. Here’s our pick of this season’s most stylish offerings to complement your festive table, filled with gifts ranging from chocolates to bubble bath

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Boutique Gold wooden Merry Christmas garland, £12, The Contemporary Home

Gold nutcracker decorations, £24 for a pair, Very

Star bauble, £2, George Home

Little mince pie ornament, £19, Bombki Gold glass unicorn, £7.50, Paperchase

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GLITTERS Add sophistication to a room with these on-trend metallic decorations

Mercury glass lantern lights, £30, House of Fraser

Nature’s Noel glass owl decoration, £2, Wilko


Gold tree decoration, £5, National Portrait Gallery

Gold leaf wreath, £39.50, Marks & Spencer Gold resin and fabric angel tree topper, £59.99, The Chelsea Gardener For suppliers’ details, turn to stockists page

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Sleigh bell wreath, Dia.25cm, £15.95, Dotcomgiftshop

In a traditional colour scheme, opt for these charming Scandi-style pieces

Wooden ski ornament in red, £30, Houseology

Wooden cuckoo clock decoration, £4.50, The Contemporary Home

Nordic metal angel decoration in a choice of four designs, £3.99, The Oak Room

Simply Nordic fairy tree topper, H18cm, £47.95, Selfridges


Nordic Christmas tree, H100cm, £98, Nordic House

Gisela Graham embroidered Scandi-style stockings, £14.99 each, Gifts from Handpicked

Hanging heart decoration with embroidered details, £4, Debenhams

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Boutique Mercuried glass birdcage decoration, £12.50, Cox & Cox Pink glass drop decoration, £3.99, Wyevale Garden Centres

Parchment butterfly clips, £4.95, Rigby & Mac Enchantment glass star tree topper, £12, John Lewis

Impuls spinning ballerina glass decoration, £18.95, Liberty

Iconic teacup and saucer and Iconic teapot decorations in grey, £25 each, Wedgwood

Pretty VINTAGE Create an authentic period look with our pick of nostalgic ornaments


Snowflake Christmas decoration on black ribbon, £6.99, H&M

Verdigris leaves round wreath, £13.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Crowned swan decoration, £14, Berry Red

Old style globe bauble, £10, British Library

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Boutique Minna’s Room rustic personalised stocking, £21, Not on the High Street

Midwinter glass fox head decoration, £4.50, John Lewis

Guardsman owl decorations, £25 each, Fortnum & Mason Linea bronze beaded acorns decoration, £6, House of Fraser

Pine cone garland, L130cm, £18.50, Nordic House

Hessian reindeer decoration, £7.50, Joanna Wood

Nature’s Noel rattan tree topper, £5, Wilko

Rope and foliage bauble, £3, George Home

Winter WOODLAND Bring the outside in with some festive forest friends and rustic-style decorations

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Glitter cone tree decoration, £4.99, Wyevale Garden Centres

Woodland Santa music dome, £49.99, The Chelsea Gardener

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News from the antiques, vintage and art worlds, plus exhibitions and fairs to visit

Must-see exhibition

The Pharaohs of Egypt have been examined in depth, but a new exhibition at the British Museum, Egypt: Faith After the Pharaohs, explores the 1,200 years of history after the death of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, when Egypt became part of the Roman Empire, until AD 1171. During this time, the country became first a majority Christian, then a majority Muslim population, with Jewish communities periodically thriving. The exhibition, which runs until 7 February 2016, shows how these communities lived together and reinterpreted the pharaonic past. Adults, £10; under-16s, free. Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am–5.30pm (Friday 8.30pm). Great Russell Street, London (020 7323 8181;

There is no disputing that the British love nothing better than talking about the weather. Quite apt, then, that it’s the theme of Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery’s winter exhibition. How weather is constantly changeable and always unpredictable is shown through a mix of historical and contemporary paintings and prints, artefacts, such as the Beaufort’s Scale of wind strength dating to 1810, and archives. Whatever the Weather runs from 21 November to 10 April. Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm. Free admission. (01392 265858;


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No Christmas table would be complete without candles. In fact, we seem to be rather obsessed with them these days, particularly the expensive, smelly variety. A quick survey around my own home reveals no less than 20 candles on the ground floor, each mounted in an interesting stick or receptacle of some kind. Given that they were once an essential form of lighting, this leaves no shortage of potential sticks to choose from, and I’ve always had a particular passion for old Sheffieldplate examples – much cheaper than silver. Don’t worry if the copper is bleeding through, as it all adds to the character. A nice early-19th-century pair (right) will rarely cost more than £80 to £120 at auction. OCTOBER 2015 25

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Dinner is served

In seasonal colours, these original vintage Erik Magnussen design salad servers for Stelton, Denmark, will make a quirky addition to the Christmas dinner table. L36cm, £14 per pair, Classic Modern Vintage Design. (

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Epsom Racecourse Antiques & Collectibles Fair, 1 December Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ (01584 873634; Browse up to 200 indoor and outdoor stands at this popular fair for both trade and private buyers. Admission: £3; under-16s, free. Open: 9am–3pm.

Doncaster Racecourse Antique & Collectors’ Fair, 27–28 December Doncaster Racecourse, Lazarus Exhibition Hall, South Yorkshire DN2 6BB (0161 283 1255; Visit up to 380 stalls. Admission: £4; under-12s, free. Open: 9.30am–4.30pm.

Antiques at Bantock House, 6 December Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV3 9LQ (01746 218525; In the historic Bantock House Museum, find a good variety of traders offering items from jewellery and silver to militaria and high-quality ceramics. Admission: £2, under-16s, free. Open: 10am–3.30pm.

West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song, until 16 February, The British Library 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (0330 333 1144; A variety of artefacts highlight West Africa’s literary history, from the empires of the Middle Ages to today. Admission: £10. Open daily. See website for various opening times.

Matford Centre Antiques & Collectors Fair, 12 December Exeter Livestock Centre, Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8FD (01363 776600; Find 230 inside and up to 350 outside stalls selling a range of collectibles, with a furniture quarter for homes and interiors. Admission: 9am–10am, £4; 10am–4.30pm, £3.

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS Collectors’ toys, dolls & games, 1 December Toovey’s, Pulborough, West Sussex (01903 891955; Home furnishings & interiors, 1 December Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions, The Auction Centre, Dumfries (01387 721635; Music & Sporting Memorabilia, 3 December Ewbank’s, The Burnt Common Auction Rooms, Woking (01483 223101;


Embrace your inner Mrs Overall and provide an efficient kitchento-table service by carrying dishes on this 1960s tea trolley, H75xW66xD42cm, £110, The Old Cinema. (


At the Herts & Essex Antiques Centre, vintage, retro and antique homeware, collectibles, small furniture, glass, ceramics, silver, pictures, dolls’ house furniture, oriental antiquities and clocks abound. The emporium of over 100 dealers, set over four floors, is one of four independent antiques centres at the Sawbridgeworth Maltings. Open: Monday to Sunday, 10am–5pm. (01279 722044;

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Michael Saffell Bath-based antiques dealer specialising in British tins (michael




ABOVE The colouration and quality of printing on this Carr’s Victoria Jubilee is typical of tins from this period BELOW Michael wishes he had not parted company with this Good King Wenceslas example


What is your favourite find? Probably the unusually shaped Carr’s Queen Victoria Jubilee tin of 1897. It’s a three-dimensional snapshot of a particular moment in history. The lid shows a railway dining car, flanked by a horse-drawn coach, and a steam train in a busy station, while the sides of the tin show technological and transport innovations and scenes of the Empire. There is a portrait of Queen Victoria flanked by the Forth Rail Bridge, opened in 1890; a 12,500-ton steamship, and a sail and steamship from 1819 of 350 tons; the telegraph, and the telephone. It’s a superb example of the tin makers’ craft.   What do you wish you’d kept? The ‘Good King Wenceslas’ tin by Huntley & Palmers was issued in 1913 and had two lids, including the ‘pages’ of the open book. I recall buying it from a collector in Paris. It was only after it had been sold, and another Christmas approached, that I realised just how nice it would have been to have it on display at home along with my other festive-themed tins.



GONE! WHAT Fine violin dated 1801, by Prague maker Caspar Strnad (1752– 1823), and bow, by Guillaume Maline, an exceptional bow maker WHEN 26 August 2015 ESTIMATE £250–£500

SOLD FOR £18,000

WHERE John Nicholson’s Auctioneers, Haslemere, Surrey (01428 653727; john


EH Shepard: An Illustrator’s War, House of Illustration, London, until 24 January 2016 Best known for his drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, the illustrations of Ernest Howard Shepard, drawn in the trenches while he was serving as a Royal Artillery officer during World War I, feature in this exhibition. It includes 100 original artworks, sketches from his pocket books, and personal items, such as his wartime paintbox and maps of the trenches. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–6pm (020 3696 2020; house To win one of five pairs of tickets (worth £7 each) and a hardback copy of Shepard’s War: EH Shepard, the Man Who Drew Winnie-the-Pooh, compiled by James Campbell (£25, Michael O’Mara Books), enter at periodliving.; deadline for entries is 26 November 2015. OCTOBER 2015 27

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Festive feasting


Antiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum takes a look at the festive food season and ruminates over his version of a 5:2 diet on the 25th

hen I was a boy, the seasonal round of school-related Christmas events took their usual course, including the school dinner, where the turkey came in large flat slices and if you didn’t want custard on your plum pudding, you would need a note from your parents for the ‘no custard table’. Food was the centre of our festive world. Compulsory attendance of the carol service required a trek down the steep hill to the local medieval church of St Nicholas, quite fortuitously monikered for the time of the year. There, we would begrudgingly sing carols while patrolled by stern looking teachers, and I would muse over the lyrics wondering who on earth St Stephen was, and why he was having a feast outside in the



‘On the whole, it is food that for centuries has formed the basis of our Christmas celebrations’

ABOVE Dinner table fun features in this satirical etching The Nutcracker – A German Toy, J Johnston 1816, showing a scene at Cranbourne Lodge with Princess Charlotte and The Bishop of Salisbury, £240, Michael Finney Books & Prints (

snow. I don’t recall anyone ever explaining any of the nuances of these carols, but the content was generally pretty clear: mangers, angels, donkeys and a message that seemed to indicate that this was the one time of the year when historically down-trodden people could look forward to an extra ration from their rarely generous masters. On the whole – and putting the giving and receiving of presents aside as a rather modern invention – it is food that for centuries has formed

the basis of our Christmas celebrations. Of course, it varies from country to country, and we don’t all gluttonously tuck in at the same time; many European countries eat their main feast on Christmas Eve – something I discovered while living in France as we greedily downed crates of delicious Arcachon oysters and lit huge bonfires in a more pagan-style celebration. Luckily, my mother was a pretty innovative cook when we were young. Not for us the 16th-century tradition of turkey; our menu would hark back to earlier times, which, much to the chagrin of my ever-attendant grandmother, would usually feature something that she wouldn’t entertain eating. Wild boar, pike and one year even sashimi, were just a few contentious delicacies. The table was often set in a contemporary style, making no reference to the historic decorating traditions of past Christmas etiquette. Silver twigs and glitter were spread where most would prefer embroidered Tudor table runners and garden greenery, or perhaps the sugary figural confection of Derby figures prancing among the silver epergnes and candelabra of a wealthy Georgian table. Most commonly, our greatest debt for a ubiquitous Christmas vision comes from Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. The Victorian Christmas and the German traditions of the festive season have moulded our love of riotously decorated trees, have given us the Christmas cracker and the Christmas card and endorsed the colour red. Above all, it was the Royal family whose close-knit domesticity so promoted the idea of the family around a table – feasting! These days it’s different. Feasting at Christmas for us tends to be a lower key affair; the thought of over-eating makes me feel nauseous. For me, it’s all about the table – that’s my job. Crisp, 19th-century damask, Georgian cut glass that glimmers in the candlelight, silver cutlery, newly polished Sheffield plate tureens and gilded almonds cascading onto the table in Regency glass bowls, all set in a panelled room atmospherically decked in holly, ivy and boughs of fir. This is my feast – a visual feast. Topped off with a decanter of the finest port, this is my Christmas 5:2, and assuming the assembled company can put up with my ‘bah-humbug’ attitude, I remain happy with my one special treat – a jar of pickled walnuts.

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IN STORE Set of two Amethyst crystal glasses from Jo Sampson’s Elysian collection for Waterford, H9.5xDia.10cm, £255, Harrods

ANTIQUE Pair of Victorian sterlingsilver serving spoons, hallmarked Sheffield 1875, £225, Robert Bush Antiques

ONLINE Set of four braided metal napkin jewels with 24-carat gold plating by L’Objet, £100, LuxDeco

ANTIQUE Pair of ormolu candelabra, with male and female cherubs and Sevres-style porcelain plaques, c.1880, H50cm, £1,850, Andrew Lovatt Antiques

ANTIQUE Small Victorian silver cream jug by ES Barnsley, hallmarked Birmingham 1887, £155, Julie Cartwright Antiques

Service Dinner

Entertain your guests in style this festive season with some decorative and decadent tableware

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ONLINE Highland Fling tartan stag china side plate, £5.99, Katie Alice

IN STORE Biba deco peacock cup and saucer, from £25, House of Fraser


IN STORE Royal Oak stainlesssteel 52-piece cutlery set with historical Kings pattern plated in 24-carat gold, £660, Studio William for Selfridges

ONLINE Hoffman sterling silver and crystal claret jug, H30cm, £1,295, Braybrook & Britten

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Create a welcoming hallway by adding colour to the doors and skirting instead of the walls. Swathes of eucalyptus look beautiful hung from coat hooks and will also scent the space with their natural fragrance

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THIS IMAGE Pair a simple wooden table with a rustic wall-hung box shelf to create a pretty craft area that’s perfect for sewing festive bunting and wrapping gifts. To add texture to the walls, create a panelled effect with horizontal boards painted in a pale lime-wash. Winter foliage tied with ribbon and raffia will add a festive touch to the back of a chair

OPPOSITE When it comes to putting up decorations, don’t forget your kitchen as it’s one of the rooms you’ll spend most time in over the festive season. Copper cookie-cutter lights add a twinkle to wooden shelves, while a classic berry and leaf wreath brings a touch of traditional Christmas colour

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Give your living room a natural look by decking the Christmas tree with pine cones, simple wooden decorations and pretty wool robins perched on the branches. A plaid-covered armchair adds a traditional country feel, while cosy wool cushions and throws give a sofa instant colour and warmth. Keep the walls neutral, painting the chimney breast a darker stone shade, and use a scarlet rug to define a welcoming seating area in front of the fire

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Create the feel of a winter garden by draping lengths of ivy tied with natural raffia across beams. Continue the rustic look with a vintage trestle table laid with beautiful plates and a crimson linen runner, then use candlelight to add a warm glow. Throw textured wool blankets and reindeer hides over chairs and benches for extra warmth OCTOBER 2015 41

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Panelled walls painted in midnight blue create the perfect backdrop for a cosy winter bedroom. Dress the bed in a mix of plaid linens and, for extra cosiness, add a traditional Welsh blanket. Heavyweight linen curtains in a traditional stripe keep draughts at bay, and a chunky wool rug will bring warmth and texture to limewashed floorboards

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Find the items featured in our decorating shoot


Door painted in Carbon Blue, £35.50 for 2.5ltrs of matt emulsion, Fired Earth. Midwinter red berry and blackberry wreath, £35, John Lewis. Ribbons, from a selection at Jane Means. For a similar coat rack, try The Orchard. For a similar vintage sledge, try Colonial Soldier. Wooden shoe locker, £185, After Noah. Zinc house lantern, £55, Cox & Cox. Linen and wool runner in Cream with cotton herringbone border in French Navy, £276.48 for W60xL300cm, Crucial Trading. On hooks: Folk wood heart decoration, £2.99; Folk wood bird decoration, £6.50 both Gisela Graham. Audrey wool coat, £380, Melin Tregwynt. Fair Isle scarf, £32, Celtic & Co. Faux red berry branch, £18.75; faux snowberry garland, £18.75, both Nordic House. Silver bell, £7; decorative tin clip, £3.50, RE. On shoe locker: Nordic merino lambswool cushions in grey and red, £38 each, Indigo & Rose. Gifts wrapped in selected papers, from £3.50 per sheet, Paperchase. Lambswool knitted bootees, £39; kids’ sheepskin slippers in red, £32, both Celtic & Co. Lambswool Cross scarf in Mushroom and Navy, £78; lambswool gloves in Oat and Red, £30, both Catherine Tough.

LEFT IMAGE 1930s English pine table, £550, Appley Hoare. Find similar vintage chair on Ebay. Lambswool Dot cushion in red, £62, Catherine Tough. Fir pigeon hole wall shelf unit, £79, Graham & Green. Bunting made up in a selection of fabrics from The Cloth House. Wire basket, £99 for a set of three, Nordic House. On desk: Antique fluted glass tealight holders, £2.95, Live Laugh Love. Kilner jars; vintage cotton reel, both from a selection at AG Hendy & Co Home Store. Vintage scissors, from £8 each, Ardingly Antiques & Collectors’ Fair. Baker’s twine in red, £5.97 for 100m, Fred Aldous. Christmas cards, £3.49 each, Chase & Wonder. Fabrics, from a selection at The Cloth House. Vintage Singer sewing machine, £20, The Yard. French vintage books, £150 for a set of 10, Appley Hoare. On wall shelf: Antique fluted glass tealight holders, as before. Rolls of thread, from £1 each, Ardingly Antiques & Collectors’ Fair. Fabric swatches, £7; cinnamon sticks, £1.50, all Hobbycraft. Handmade paper, £2.10 for 20 A7 sheets, Khadi Papers. Vintage thread reel, as before. Ribbon reels, from a selection at Jane Means. Dolly bobbin ribbon reels, £4.95 each; hand-stamped Christmas flag gift tags, £3.50 for a pack of six, all The Original Pop Up Shop. Folk heart decoration, £3.50, Marks & Spencer. All other items, stylist’s own. RIGHT IMAGE On worktop: Vintage rolling pin, £12.50; old wooden bread boards, from £28 each; old wooden spoons, £1.50 each; old baking trays, from £8.50 each, all RE. Glass jar, £8, Ardingly Antiques & Collectors’ Fair. Silver jug, £10, Mews Antiques Emporium. White ceramic teaspoons, £5.95 for set of four, wooden board, £21.50, all Nordic House. Kilner jars, as before. Vintage pastry cutter set, £10, Tenterden Antiques Centre. For similar egg basket, try Garden Trading. White ceramic-handled roasting dish, from £38.50, Sophie Conran. Crimson linen napkins, £12 each, Volga Linen. On shelves: Copper cookie cutter lights, from £21, Cox & Cox. Twig double heart decoration, £4.99; red berry and pine cone decorations, £2.99 each; mini bells silver star hanging decoration, £4.99, all Dobbies. For similar cast-iron casserole dish, try Le Creuset. For similar storage jars, try John Lewis. Porcelain tealight house, £60 for a set of three, Sophie Conran. Old grater, £8, RE. White ceramic tea plates, £31 for four, Sophie Conran. Kilner jars, as before. White ceramic-handled roasting dish, as before. Red berry and twig wreath, £30.99, Gisela Graham.

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Walls painted in Stone Dark Cool, £37 for 2.5ltrs of Absolute matt emulsion, Little Greene. Venice large sofa upholstered in Belize Mushroom linen fabric with contrast piping in Linwood Omega Brick velvet fabric, £969, Multiyork. Barra armchair in Torrin Plaid Ruby, £999, Marks & Spencer. Find similar vintage bentwood steamer trunk on Ebay. Medium Blueberry jute basket, £38, Sophie Conran. Seagrass herringbone accents rug in Red Weft with cotton herringbone border in Cherry, £167.52 for W120xL180cm, Crucial Trading. Red berry leaf and twig wreath, as before. Vintage Christmas cards, from a selection at Cobwebs. Ribbon, as before. On fireplace: Natural cone and red berry garland, £19.99, Gisela Graham. Wooden candlesticks, £10 each, Tenterden Antiques Centre. On sofa, from left: Lambswool Dot cushion in red, as before. Bamburgh Rosso checked cushion, £14.99, Dobbies. Merino lambswool multicolour Spot cushion, £38, Indigo & Rose. Knot Garden throw in Ember, £140, Melin Tregwynt. On armchair: St David Cross Flag cushion, £55, Melin Tregwynt. Gift wrapped in selected papers, as before. Ribbon, as before. On trunk: Large zinc tray, £14, Nordic House. Pembrokeshire mugs, £20 each, and half-pint jug, £22, Blodwen. Blue jug and old music scores, all stylist’s own. Red bauble, from £1.99, Gisela Graham. Find similar box lantern at Nordic House. Find similar candle snuffer at John Lewis. In basket: Red and white tapestry blanket, £250, Melin Tregwynt. Natural cinnamon sticks, £5.65 per pack, Amazon. Decorations on tree: Large fir cone decorations, £1 each, Poundland. Aspen hanging decorations, £10 for three, Neptune. Gingham paper ball decorations, £2.50 each; Gingham stripe and tartan fabric balls, £5.10 each; fabric robins, £3.99 each; plaid wood heart, star and tree decorations, £2.50 each; log and berry ring decoration, £4.99, all Gisela Graham. Gifts wrapped in selected papers, as before. Ribbons, as before.

LEFT IMAGE Find a similar trestle table at The Old Yard. Reindeer hide, £195, Cox & Cox. Sophie Blue dinner plates, £64 for a set of four, Sophie Conran. Vintage forks, £36 for six; knives, £36 for six; and dessert spoons, £26 for six; French stemmed wine glasses, £6 each, all RE. Runner made up in plain weave linen in Crimson, £35 per m; plain linen napkins in Prussian Blue, £9 each, all Volga Linen. Zinc leaves, part of Woodland Scatter set, £18; small verdigris Brent plant pot, £11, both Rowen & Wren. Brown paper tags, £1.68 for a pack of 50, Amazon. Red velvet ribbon, from a selection at John Lewis. Medium Nordic lantern, £15, The White Company. Candles, from a selection at Waitrose. RIGHT IMAGE Red metal café armchairs, £145 each, After Noah. Rustic wooden bench, £325 for two, Vintage French. Spot lambswool throw in Red, £85, Indigo & Rose. Find similar vintage chest of drawers at The Old Yard. Hanging lanterns, stylist’s own. On chest of drawers, from left: Hanley candlesticks, from £25 each, Neptune. Medium verdigris Brent plant pot, £22, Rowen & Wren. Antique fluted glass tealight holders, as before. Rusty wire birds, £2.50 each, RE. Vintage pickling jar, £20, Vintage French. Eden tree candelabra, £42, Rowen & Wren. On table: Aged metal candlestick, £20, Cox & Cox. Mini taper candles in Stone Grey, £9 for a set of 10, Rowen & Wren. All other items as before.

Wall painted in Carbon Blue, as before. Cranberry heart, £27.99 for a set of three, Gisela Graham. Curtain made up in Moffat Dark Navy, £49.50 per m, Ian Mankin. Find similar bed at Vintage French. Zinc tray table, £90, Cox & Cox. Chest, stylist’s own. Rug, from a selection at Laura Ashley. Medium wire basket, £17.95, Mia Fleur. On bed: Holiday twill red checked bedlinen, from £36; Holiday printed sateen pillowcase, £36, all Lexington. Check linen pillowcase in Prussian Blue, £45, Volga Linen. St David’s Cross cushion in Indigo, £45; St David’s Cross throw in Flag, £165, both Melin Tregwynt. On bed frame: Luna star garland, £18, Rowen & Wren. Tartan reindeer stocking, £11.99, Gisela Graham. Linen fringe throw in Chalk, £110, The Linen Works. On table: Zinc village advent calendar, £58, Rowen & Wren. Vintage alarm clock, £19, Vintage French. Mercury jam-jar tealight holder, £10, The White Company. Vintage-style zinc jug, £6.50, Cox & Cox. Faux red berry branches, £18.75 each, Nordic House. Books, stylist’s own. On shelf: Vintage cars, stylist’s own. Red berry and pine cone decorations, as before. Woodland Friends wooden figures, £35 for a set of four, Donna Wilson. Mini bells silver star hanging decoration, as before. In basket: Gifts wrapped in selected papers, as before. Ribbons, as before. On chest: Teddy bear, stylist’s own. Donegal scarf, £40, Celtic & Co. DECEMBER 2015 43

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Flora & Fauna tea caddy, £5.99, The Oak Room

Harris Tweed hip flask, £28, John Lewis

Ugg Ascot men’s slippers in Chestnut, £90, Amara

Delight friends and loved ones with one of these vintageinspired Christmas presents

Welsh wool tapestry blanket, W255xL260cm, £285, The Great English Outdoors

Oval Signature casserole in Ink, L29cm, £190, Le Creuset

Cage print apron, £19.99, Zara Home

Skating Lady cushion, £35, National Portrait Gallery

Trianon travel writing set, £74, The National Gallery Company

Plume cloche hat, £48, Anthropologie

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Hook Line and Sinker leather wallet, £38.95, Annabel James

GPO Attache record player in red, £69.95, Cuckooland

Large diamante and faux-pearl filigree hair comb, £19.50, Highland Angel

Luxury lambswool spotty green slippers, £45, Catherine Tough

Edwin Jagger three-piece black and nickel shaving set, £69, The English Shaving Company

Retro index card file set, £14.99, Berry Red

Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer in Gold Nectar, £469, Lakeland

Morris & Co Strawberry Thief bath and body bag, 30ml shower gel and 30ml body lotion, £12, Heathcote & Ivory

Large Gaumont polished croc-print leather zip-around purse, £95, Osprey London


Casa Couture copper cocktail shaker and tool set, £30 each, House of Fraser

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The Grade II* listed manor house, which dates back to the 16th century, is surrounded by a moat and landscaped gardens

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This magnificent medieval moated manor house is home to Caroline Spurrier and a host of fascinating stories Words KAREN DARLOW Photographs PAUL DIXON Styling ANNA MORLEY

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all it fate, or just a series of striking coincidences, but Caroline Spurrier’s connection with her beautiful country manor house appears to have been preordained. Indeed, one of her most treasured possessions, the rocking horse she bought at auction several decades ago, by chance found its way into Caroline’s Suffolk home some 25 years before she moved in. The beautiful wooden Triang horse had a starring role in a BBC drama, filmed at Crow’s Hall in the mid-1980s, long before Caroline had even heard of the house. ‘I’d taken the rocking horse to craftsman Marc Stevenson in the mid-1980s, as it needed repair work,’ she recalls. ‘Coincidently he’d been approached by the BBC to provide a horse for a children’s drama series and he asked me if I’d be willing to loan mine for the film. Of course, I said yes. I bumped into him again at the Suffolk Show much more recently, and when I told him that I’d moved to Crow’s Hall, he laughed and said, “Didn’t you know, that was where they filmed your rocking horse?” I was astonished, but also delighted – it was as though some kind of magic had drawn me to the house.’ Caroline’s love affair with the property got off to a bit of a slow start, however. She had been looking to buy an arable farm in Leicestershire or the South-West, when a friend told her about Crow’s Hall. She dismissed it after the first viewing because it needed so much work. ‘But I kept thinking about it, and it began to keep me awake at night, so I came back for another look,’ DECEMBER 2015 49

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LEFT Caroline’s treasured Triang rocking horse was featured in a BBC children’s drama, filmed at Crow’s Hall before Caroline had even heard of the property. The horse is now displayed in the attic guest room BELOW A tapestry cushion, from Heather’s Soft Furnishings in Stowmarket, looks the part on the old carver chair in the hallway OPPOSITE The panelling in the hallway was salvaged from upstairs, while the antique blanket box came from Easton Lodge, Caroline’s ancestral home. Andrew Ward of Ward Groceries, Debenham, provided the Christmas tree

she says. ‘I also asked an architect friend to carry out a feasability study, and the rest is history.’ History is most definitely the word for it as the centuries had taken their toll on the beautiful pale-brick manor. Part of the Thornham Estate, it had been tenanted continuously from the early 18th century until 1948, and very little money had been spent on it in that time, nor since for that matter, although when the house was sold in 1950, ‘new’ windows and fireplaces were put in. ‘The whole place had a very sad, austere feel to it and it needed a colossal amount of work,’ says Caroline. ‘So much so that I just couldn’t picture it finished. It took me a year before I started to have any vision with it, which is why the light switches are in the wrong place as the wiring was one of the first jobs to be done.’ It was two years before Caroline could move in, and in that time Crow’s Hall was gutted from top to bottom. It needed a new roof, timber repairs, rewiring, replumbing, including all the external drainage, and a new sewage plant. ‘There were so many materials coming in, that we had to build a temporary vehicle bridge over the moat,’ she recalls. ‘At the same time, the garden and courtyard had a complete redesign. It was hard work, but I really enjoyed it.’ Caroline was well placed to keep a close eye as the house was being turned inside out, living on the estate in a converted thatched dovecote, built in 1580. She ensured expert advice was on hand, too, employing Nicholas Jacob Architects to project manage the restoration. ‘I’ve known the firm for a long time and it worked on my 50 DECEMBER 2015

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The project OWNER Caroline Spurrier lives here, with greyhound Molly and West Highland terriers Sophie and Alfie. Caroline converted a barn, which she runs as a venue for weddings and music evenings PROPERTY A 16th-century moated manor house, with five bedrooms. The property is surrounded by 400 acres of arable farmland, for which Caroline employs a contract farm manager ESSENTIAL REPAIRS The house required a new roof, timber repairs, rewiring and replumbing, followed by a major programme of interior decoration LAYOUT Caroline moved the kitchen from its original position behind the living room to the front of the house, turning the old kitchen into a snug DECEMBER 2015 51

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The huge fireplace in the living room is a copy of an original Caroline found on the first floor. Greyhound Molly enjoys the fire’s warmth from one of the sofas, bought at a country fair. The painting on the right is of Daisy Warwick, Caroline’s greatgrandmother, who married the fifth Earl of Warwick. Blackthorpe Barn supplied the Nordmann fir tree

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previous house. The team are historic building specialists, which helped enormously with English Heritage, and it all went relatively smoothly. I was determined that the invisible details – the inner workings of the home – were all perfectly planned and painstakingly correct, and the architects really helped me to achieve that. ‘Once we got a year into the project, things started to take shape and I could start to think about kitchens and curtains,’ says Caroline. At this stage, interior design duo Mike and Julie stepped in. ‘They worked with the carpenters, so that any bracing for curtain poles etc could be done then, well before the renovations were finished. In the dining room, for instance, I’d commissioned some decorative cornicing including a subtle greyhound motif above the fireplace, and so the positioning for the curtain pelmet needed to be planned a year before the finish, as it had to work with the cornice. ‘Mike and Julie were so lovely to work with and we had such fun. They helped me to find so many clever design touches that have made this such a beautiful home – without it looking as if an interior designer has created a show house.’ The kitchen was the most problematic room when it came to choosing design details. West

ABOVE LEFT Caroline prepares for a cosy Christmas at home ABOVE RIGHT The finishing touch for the recently renovated courtyard was this ‘Two Against One’ statue by Cemmick & Wylder RIGHT Complete with original timbers, the historic boxed staircase is one of the earliest survivors of its type in the country OPPOSITE Painted bespoke kitchen cabinets from Keith Gray are the perfect complement to the Aga, antique Delft tiles from the old dairy at Easton Lodge, and an old ship’s table. The reproduction dining chairs are from Christopher Bigden Antiques DECEMBER 2015 55

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facing, long and narrow, with bespoke painted cabinets in a cool duck-egg shade and a new stone floor, the window treatments had to work hard to provide much-needed warmth, alongside Caroline’s navy blue Aga. After hours of searching, she decided on a quirky curtain fabric depicting rare breed hens. ‘It really put the seal on the whole project, and links the farming side of my property with the grand country house feel.’ A second phase of the renovation took place in 2014, when a biomass heating system was added, linked to a grain store. This now powers the central heating and hot water for the hall and, as the first of its kind in the UK, has been nominated for a national eco award. ‘It might not be very glamorous, but I always say to people: “Don’t scrimp on what you can’t see, because if you scrimp on electrics and plumbing it will come back to bite you”,’ says Caroline. The efficient new heating system is the perfect finishing touch, and has helped Caroline turn Crow’s Hall from that slightly neglected, tired old house into a comfortable, cosy home.

ABOVE In the main bedroom, an ornately framed mirror, which was a housewarming gift, works well with the simple bedroom fireplace. The gilt-framed armchair came from Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers ABOVE RIGHT Over the chest of drawers hangs a photograph of Daisy Warwick, taken on her wedding day in 1881, by well-known early photographer Mendelssohn, coloured with oils. For a similar cast-iron bedstead, try Celtic Beds RIGHT An Aston Matthews tub stands out against walls in Farrow & Ball’s Lime White in the bathroom

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4 1 CHANDELIER This early-20th-century antique wrought-iron chandelier, H93xDia.69cm, has six lamp holders to add plenty of light as well as wow factor to a dining room, £1,650, Fritz Fryer. 2 CUSHION Featuring small and large-scale blooms on a dark blue backdrop, this Pimpernel fabric was designed by

William Morris in 1876, and was later chosen by him to decorate the dining room in his Hammersmith home. £40, John Lewis. 3 TILE A pretty river scene is depicted on these Delft Waterfront tiles, in the traditionalstyle blue synonymous with this timeless range. Each W12.5xD12.5cm tile, £11.45 from The

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Winchester Tile Company, is handmade, ensuring every one is unique. 4 SOFA The classic design of this large Ambassador sofa from Declor, shown here in Designers Guild Nabucco Appia fabric in Chartreuse, once graced the courts of Queen Elizabeth I. Measuring H97xW212x D102cm, it costs £4,478.

5 CHEST OF DRAWERS The Chinese used to store their clothes in cabinets or trunks, but this Ming chest of drawers in warm elm has strong oriental detailing, with round brass handles. H106xW85x D45cm, £765, Shimu. 6 PLATE Royal Crown Derby is one of the last English fine bone china manufacturers still

producing beautiful pieces. This Mikado plate, Dia.27cm, has a deep blue toile design, £60, Harlequin London. 7 GARLAND Drape this fir and snowberry garland, with its mixture of pine cones and eucalyptus, on a staircase or mantel for a festive showpiece. It’s £70 from The White Company. DECEMBER 2015 57

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Dutch antiques dealer Wendy Boonstra has a long-held passion for Christmas, and every year re-creates the magical celebrations that she enjoyed as a young girl for her own children Words & Photographs BARBARA EGAN/REPORTAGE

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Readers’ Homes THIS IMAGE Wendy’s late-18th-century cottage is home to her antiques and vintage business OPPOSITE She brought the old skates from Holland. ‘You can use so many different things with memories attached to them to make original arrangements,’ she says

ABOVE Wendy starts her Yuletide preparations by collecting greenery and berries from the countryside to make decorative garlands LEFT The front door opens into the kitchen,

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The project Wendy Boonstra, a vintage and antiques dealer ( wendys.wayoflife), lives here with her nine-year-old twins, Muireann and Fionn, cats Cheeky and Buddy, Bailey the Labrador and horse Verona PROPERTY A late-18th-century cottage with cow-barn conversion and kitchen extension, in County Monaghan, Ireland ESSENTIAL REPAIRS The house had been empty for some years and the kitchen was completely bare, so Wendy installed some basic cupboards and redecorated LAYOUT The property has three bedrooms, and Wendy uses the converted cow barn for her business OWNERS

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endy Boonstra arrived in Ireland in December 2002 to start work at Castle Leslie, one of the great estates of Ireland, with a car full of wine and a collection of vintage and antique baubles. ‘You have to get your priorities right, and I wanted all my special things around me for my first Christmas in Ireland,’ she says. Although much has changed for Wendy in the last 13 years, one thing has remained the same: she loves this time of year, and decking out the house is her passion. Originally from Den Helder in North Holland, Wendy discovered her love of decorating and design when her mother opened a fabric shop in the town. ‘I enjoyed creating the window displays and finding interesting pieces to use with all the lovely tartan and Liberty fabrics,’ she says. ‘Even at a young age, I was fascinated by period homes, antiques and ancient castles.’ By the age of 21, Wendy had her own shop in Den Helder called The Tondeldoos – ‘tinderbox’ – which sold collectibles. ‘But I had a young son, Julian, to look after, so eventually I started selling from my house and creating displays there.’ A trip to Ireland in 1997 was a real turning point, as she fell in love with the country and the way of life. Then, a chance encounter with

OPPOSITE A corridor links the house to the converted cow barn, which Wendy uses to display her very best wares. The paper bells remind her of similar ones from childhood, and the dancing shoes belonged

to her grandmother. For a similar floral fabric, try Treyford from Elanbach TOP With every surface and shelf brimming with candles, vintage crockery and tasty treats, the kitchen is at the heart of Wendy’s celebrations.

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‘Most people couldn’t see the potential, but I believe you can make a castle from a shoebox if you know how’ the trustee of Castle Leslie, Sammy Leslie, led to an invitation to stay there. ‘It was all pure magic,’ says Wendy. ‘Everything in the house was original and steeped in history.’ It was five years before she made the move to Ireland and took a job at the castle, working front of house. She quickly diversified into running food fairs and workshops, and just two years later, opened her first shop. However, it wasn’t long before she felt the time was right to start selling out of her own home again. ‘I decided to move deeper into the countryside,’ says Wendy. ‘I really wanted a quiet place; an old house or cottage with a garden and a bit of land where I could keep a horse, but could still run open-house sales.’ Passing an estate agent’s window one day, she spotted a wonderful old cottage in the window and arranged a viewing. ‘It had been empty for a long time and looked a little sad, but I loved it,’ she recalls. A traditional late-18th-century Irish cottage, with small windows and thick stone walls, it was attached to a cow barn that had previously been converted into a bedroom and a tiny sleeping loft. The house was located right on the side of the

road and came with a garden and orchard filled with damson and crab-apple trees. A kitchen had been built on as an extension at some stage, but it contained only a Belfast sink. ‘As it had been empty for so long, it was cold, damp and unloved,’ says Wendy. ‘Most people couldn’t see the potential, but I envisioned a warm, homely, happy cottage. I believe you can make a castle from a shoebox if you know how.’ Wendy concentrated on making the house a cosy home, adding a set of basic plywood kitchen cabinets, a new solid-fuel stove and her own signature style in the furniture and myriad interesting objects on display. She prefers to keep the cottage in a traditional style rather than opt for modern storage solutions, hence the skirted under-counter in the kitchen, and the fridgefreezer and washing machine neatly concealed behind a large glazed dresser full of fabric pieces, and a beautiful old tapestry screen. ‘When you have very little money and live in a small house, you have to be flexible and creative,’ she says. Christmas has been a favourite time of year for Wendy since childhood. ‘In Holland, Saint Nicholas’ Day is celebrated on 5 December. It is

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THIS IMAGE Wendy achieved the living room’s unique colour by accident, when she painted over green with gold, which didn’t quite cover it, but she liked the effect. The tree is decorated with antique Dutch ornaments, alongside those made by the twins. The egg timer stool is Victorian and the mannequin was picked up at a vintage market in Lille, France OPPOSITE The room is warmed by a solid-fuel Waterford Stanley stove. Clogs from Norway hang above it on antlers DECEMBER 2015 63

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nothing like festivities here – it’s much more low key. On Saint Nicholas’ Day, the children get presents and on Christmas Day itself, we just have a nice dinner,’ she explains. ‘Unusually, though, my grandmother used to really enjoy celebrating Christmas. She loved decorating the house and would create a magical atmosphere.’ This tradition passed on to Wendy’s mother, and the weeks in the run up to the big day were spent gathering boughs, acorns and fir cones for the arrangements, making wreaths and decorations, and going out in search of the biggest and best tree possible. ‘On Christmas morning, my brother Dennis and I would hear our parents moving around, and we waited until the table was set and ran downstairs. The breakfast table would be laden with stollen and croissants, special breads, ham from the delicatessen – the best of everything to eat,’ recalls Wendy. ‘Before sitting down, however, we would each light the candle by our plate.

We’d do that every day for a week, until the candle was burnt down and Christmas was over. It was always such a wonderful time.’ And so, when she arrived in Ireland in 2002, Wendy brought with her all the vintage baubles and Christmas decorations that once belonged to her grandmother, so she could continue the tradition in a different country. On Christmas Eve in 2005, Wendy gave birth to twins Muireann and Fionn, and now every year re-creates her magical Christmas memories for them. When December arrives, Julian, now 25, comes to visit, and Wendy and the children go out to forage for the boughs and branches to start making the arrangements, the antique Dutch decorations come out of the box, the tree is found and fixed to the wall to stop Cheeky the cat pulling it over, and Wendy starts to get in all the good things to eat. Then they light candles that will stand by each place setting until they burn down, and Christmas is over once again.

ABOVE Muireann’s room contains an antique painted French bed and her favourite painting of a Victorian girl on a pony. The dolls and teddy have been in Wendy’s family for several generations OPPOSITE Originally a bedroom, the bathroom was converted some years ago. Wendy has added her unique style to the space with pieces sourced at auctions, fairs and car boot sales

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5 1 STOVE With an understated, elegant design and large viewing window, the Belgravia 8kW is ideally suited to a period home. H70.5x W64xD39.5cm, it comes in wood-burning and multi-fuel models and in a choice of six colours, from £1,770 at Chesney’s. 2 DECORATION Giant honeycomb paper

baubles look fantastic grouped together in different colours. This H49cm Decadent Decs giant bronze bauble is £30 from Talking Tables. 3 THROWS Each of these stunning throws, made in India from vintage saris, is unique, with intricate stitching and contrasting patterns, £135 for W140x L300cm at Do South.

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4 TEDDY Start your own collection of Steiff teddy bears with this delightful Jonathan bear, based on the original classic style from the post-war years. Made from mohair to have a slightly worn look, he has dark brown eyes and hand-stitched features, H43cm, £250. 5 SOFA John Sankey’s Tosca sofa combines

incredible comfort with added back and head support. The Snuggler model measures H91x W132xD96cm and can be covered in a range of fabrics, shown in Cello Raspberry and DuBarry Twilight velvet, £2,482. 6 WREATH With an interwoven mistletoe and ivy design, this timeless artificial wreath can be

attached to a front door knocker every year to welcome guests, Dia.40cm, £28.95, Rigby & Mac. 7 TABLE Dine in style around this mahogany Morris round dining table. Shown in Cuban, it comes in a range of finishes and has a deeply recessed apron to accommodate armchairs, H76xDia.152cm, £10,946, Baker Furniture. DECEMBER 2015 67

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A large English pine tree, grown on the farm, adds festive sparkle to the drawing room, while gold decorations collected by Linda Jane complement the peach trompe l’oeil wallcovering. Both chairs were salvaged from the old hall and reupholstered in plain and striped Pierre Frey fabric by Watson & Watson in Ashbourne. The Turkish rug was inherited from Charles’ great-uncle

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CHRISTMAS Linda Jane and Charles Stanton’s classic, characterful home is filled with salvaged pieces and treasured heirlooms depicting their family history Words LINDSAY BLAIR Photographs LU JEFFERY

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or Linda Jane and Charles Stanton, family is at the heart of their home in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The land on which their property lies has been passed down through the generations for more than 200 years and, once a stable block complete with grooms’ quarters, it is now a welcoming home. Located in the grounds of Snelston Hall, which was demolished in the 1950s due to dry rot, the Grade II-listed building was converted into a residence by Charles’ great-uncle in the 1950s, and in the 1970s extended and the loft converted by Charles’ parents for their family of seven. Today, old meets new in this immaculately kept home filled with salvaged pieces and antiques – a storybook of how family life has changed. ‘Everything in the house has a tale to tell,’ says Linda Jane, ‘and I think it’s important to maintain them as part of a social history. My husband and I believe that we are curators for future generations, passing our stories down to our son, Johnnie, so he can share them, too.’ Charles’ mother and father lovingly restored the property, using pieces rescued from the old hall, before he and Linda Jane inherited the house in 2004. After living in a small cottage nearby for nine years, they moved in straightaway. ‘My mother in-law had a wonderful sense of style, and the way the house is decorated is a testament to that,’ explains Linda Jane. ‘Everything has its place, and the structure – including the roof and stonework, with many internal features salvaged from the old hall – have been carefully restored. We have had to do very little work to the interior – it’s really all down to her good eye for quality design and antique finds, which I happen to love.’ Stepping into the entrance hall you get a first glimpse of grandeur, with visitors greeted by a portrait of John Harrison, the head of the family who occupied Snelston Hall before the Stantons

TOP Linda Jane and cocker spaniel Tina get ready for a walk around the grounds. The hall was extended and the loft converted in the 1970s, and the couple added a side extension to the left in 2005, which houses

the breakfast room, with views across the estate. The windows and stonework are original, as is the slate roof, which is regularly maintained ABOVE The wood panelling in the hallway was rescued from the

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acquired the land. Carved and stained oak doors on either side of the hall further add to the sense of history. ‘We sourced a set of large double doors from the old hall, but each door was a third bigger, so we had to cut them down to size,’ says Linda Jane. ‘They make a magnificent feature.’ Through one of the doors is the drawing room, which is used as a formal living space and is traditionally furnished, with salvaged antique furniture and a large reclaimed fireplace. ‘I love antiques and am very lucky to have lots in the

The pr�ject Linda Jane Stanton, a businesswoman and housewife, and husband Charles, a retired surveyor and now farmer. Son Johnnie is at university PROPERTY A 19th-century, Grade II-listed converted stable block, with 1,000 acres of land in Ashbourne, Derbyshire ESSENTIAL REPAIRS The property was in good condition, and an extension has been built to house an open-plan breakfast room. Doors have been restored and windows added LAYOUT With three floors, the house includes a converted loft, seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, a drawing room used as a living room, and a kitchen OWNERS

house that have been passed down through the family,’ says Linda Jane. ‘We know where they have come from and who has owned them, which is fascinating. I am particularly drawn to the elegant lines of the furniture.’ History aside, the couple wanted to put their own stamp on the house by bringing it up to date for modern living, so in 2005, with help from the architects who originally worked on the property in the 1970s, they set about planning a side extension to create an open-plan breakfast room next to the kitchen, reached through a salvaged oak door, complete with shamrock keyhole. Working with planning officers to achieve listed building consent, the couple decided on a sympathetic addition with pitched roof lanterns, as well as three sets of French-style patio doors along one wall, creating a perfect viewpoint across the 1,000-acre plot where the family’s two flocks of sheep graze. ‘One of the main aims was to introduce more light,’ says Linda Jane. ‘As the house used to be a stable, it is very dark, so we chose roof lanterns to match the metal windows. I wanted to create a more modern space to contrast with the traditional décor, but also to complement its classic style.’ She has kept to a light colour palette to increase the sense of space. ‘I prefer colours that are more in keeping with contemporary style, but with a classic twist. It’s a wonderful contrast to other parts of the house, and I like nothing more than to sit in the light-fi lled breakfast room, painting and looking out onto the garden.’ OPPOSITE The billiard table is decked out for Christmas with Linda Jane’s collection of glassware and a dramatic snow-themed centrepiece, which she makes up every year. The large bookcase, reclaimed from the old hall, and a smaller one bought to match, house the family’s vast collection of books. The oak stools, designed by Charles’ father and made by the estate joiner, slope forwards so you can lean towards the table LEFT To complement the kitchen’s 50-year-old Aga, Linda Jane opted for simple white tiles, worktops and painted cupboard doors. The tablecloth by Marks & Spencer adds a splash of festive colour to the room DECEMBER 2015 75

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Linda Jane painted the bedroom in Adriatic by Crown, which matches an inherited upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. The antique headboard is upholstered in linen by Manuel Canovas and teamed with a simple bedspread bought in the South of France, and a patterned tapestry cushion she made herself

In the kitchen, the neutral scheme continues but, as Linda Jane explains, it didn’t always have such a calming feel. ‘The units were made from dark wood and there was bright, psychedelic wallpaper on the walls dating back to the 1960s. I painted the units white to match the Aga that has been here for 50 years and is still in perfect condition, and tiled the walls to create a really simple scheme, accented with my collection of china by Portmeirion, Wedgwood and Pip Studio. I also love Burleigh because it is local.’ She is happy to introduce modern touches to the period property. ‘Family life now is so different from the formal way of living that was once the norm here. I have tried to bring together the working spaces and formal rooms so that they can all be enjoyed. There’s a mix of old and new throughout the house.’ Upstairs on the first floor, the master bedroom and adjoining en suite have also been treated to a new lick of paint. ‘You can tell where we have renovated, as the rooms are getting lighter and lighter,’ says Linda Jane. It’s at Christmas, however, that the house really comes into its own. ‘I absolutely love decorating the trees grown on the estate, but I have to cut the tops off them so they’ll fit in the house!’ As the family share in the joys of the season, the house brims with festive spirit, along with all its stories. ‘It’s a very special time,’ she says. ‘I feel so lucky to celebrate Christmas in such a beautiful home, surrounded by wonderful people. It’s a great house for entertaining.’

An antique chair, upholstered in velvet by Pierre Frey, complements the wall colour. The salvaged fireplace is topped with old and new glass collectibles below a new mirror from Watson & Watson

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1 MIRROR This stunning etched-frame Venetian mirror is sure to look impressive in any room, H123xW93cm, £260, Exclusive Mirrors. 2 BAUBLE Mix and match this beaded glass bauble, £3.49 at Wyevale, with whites and other soft tones for your tree. 3 STOOL This beautifully detailed, elegant Valencia

stool, upholstered in Designers Guild’s Varese cotton fabric in Aqua, will make a stunning addition to a room. H44x W75xD45cm, it’s priced £1,205 plus fabric at The Sofa & Chair Company. 4 UMBRELLA STAND With a chinoiserie floral pattern in blue, this delightful Chinese-style ceramic umbrella stand

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will hold at least four or five brollies. H45x Dia.18cm, it costs £69 at Ancestral Collections. 5 SOFA Shown in cherry wood with an Avignon finish, this 3.5-seater Susan Louis XV design is traditionally upholstered with hand-tied springs, H100xW220xD81cm, priced £3,927 plus chosen fabric at Oficina Inglesa.

6 KEY DECORATION Add the Royal seal to your Christmas tree by hanging a selection of these glittered King and Queen Gold Regal key decorations, priced £4 each from The Contemporary Home. 7 PAINT Warm up a west-facing room with Conche, a pretty colour from the Little Greene

palette, inspired by the inside of a shell. It’s priced £43.50 for 2.5ltrs of Intelligent Matt Emulsion, which has a five per cent gloss level and is washable. 8 WALLPAPER This shimmery gold and white Tivoli wallpaper in Oasis, £44.95 per roll at Linwood, will look striking in a high-ceilinged room. DECEMBER 2015 77

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ALL IS QUIET Nestled in the heart of a pretty Worcestershire village, this 19th-century cottage has been lovingly restored by Alison King and her husband Paul Varnon Words & Photographs AMANDA TURNER Stylist ANNA MORLEY

TOP Alison and Paul installed a made-tomeasure hood and a Dovre stove by Argyle Canopies in the living room, which is all dressed for Christmas ABOVE FROM LEFT Pine cones, pomander balls, cinnamon sticks and a hand-forged candleholder decorate the space; the property was formerly two farmworkers’ cottages DECEMBER 2015 79

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ituated in a village near Pershore, where Alison King and Paul Varnon first met in the local pub, this cosy cottage was just what the couple were looking for as their first home. ‘At the time we both lived in adjacent villages, and were keen to find a property with lots of character,’ says Alison. ‘When we saw it, we fell in love with it.’ With a keen eye for design, and plenty of experience from renovating her previous homes, Alison had a clear idea of how to bring back the original character of the cottage. ‘It was carpeted throughout and had wallpapered walls and ceilings,’ she recalls. ‘There was a gas fire in the inglenook and a 1950s brick fireplace in the garden room.’ The couple decided to rent a house nearby during the renovation and started by hiring a skip. Ground-floor walls, ceilings and floors were stripped back, with the exception of the dining room, and the couple unearthed two layers of thermoplastic tiles, which took weeks to chip away, as Alison explains: ‘We did most of the renovations ourselves, and spent most evenings on our hands and knees!’ White-painted timber windows were replaced with oak frames and, as the cottage is in a Conservation Area, the replacements had to be approved. As the stairs were steep and narrow, the original middle window on the first floor had been constructed with no central mullion, so that furniture could be pulled up a ladder through it. ‘Paul had the idea of copying the design for all the windows on the front of the house,’ says Alison. ‘Being able to open them a full 180 degrees means we can make the most of the views. ‘One of our major discoveries was finding original elm floorboards in the bedrooms and the staircase,’ she adds. ‘The wood has such a rich

The project Alison King, co-owner of Liv Trading, an ethical online department store, and husband Paul Varnon, a construction estimator PROPERTY A three-bedroom cottage near Pershore in Worcestershire, built in the early 1800s as two farmworkers’ cottages and later made into one ESSENTIAL REPAIRS The ceiling joists in the cellar were repaired, floorboards re-laid and the back wall of the house damp-proofed, with precautionary woodworm treatment throughout LAYOUT The ground-floor doors were removed and the bathroom relocated. A garden outbuilding has been renovated to create an office and tranquil retreat OWNERS

ABOVE To house the larger items from Alison’s collection of Henry Wood and Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasants transferware, Paul built floor-to-ceiling shelves, framing them in oak from Homewood Houses to match the flooring throughout OPPOSITE The oak dining table, bought from Lottie’s Creative Living, takes centre stage, while Alison’s china collection is displayed on a Titchmarsh & Goodwin oak dresser from Craycombe Farm Antiques & Interiors DECEMBER 2015 81

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‘One of our major discoveries was finding the original elm floorboards, which have such a rich colour and lovely grain’ colour and lovely grain.’ The couple also discovered an elm framework surrounding the stairs. The heart of the home, however, is the living room, with its carefully restored inglenook fireplace. A wood-burning stove and bespoke hood have been added in keeping with the magnificent brick surround. ‘We light the fire most evenings, from late September through to early spring,’ says Alison. ‘And, of course, at Christmas time it’s the focal point for hosting family and friends.’ For the kitchen, Alison chose an L-shape layout, and opposite the oak-fitted cabinets is an impressive Edwardian cupboard, which provides generous larder space. The walls have been painted in Laura Ashley’s Pale Gold. ‘I love the various shades of wheat, and have based the colours of the walls on them,’ she explains. In the dining room, an oak dresser displays the smaller pieces of Alison’s Asiatic Pheasants collection, where the dark colour of the wood makes the famously pale blue pattern stand out. ‘I bought my first three plates in 1982 and I have been collecting it ever since,’ she says.

ABOVE LEFT Pippy oak units by Winchmore Kitchens are teamed with dark honed slate tiles from Homebase to match the couple’s Rangemaster ABOVE RIGHT An Edwardian hall wardrobe, fitted with shelves by Paul, makes an excellent larder. The ash stool is from Clearview Stoves RIGHT AND OPPOSITE In the garden room, festive candleholders from Liv Trading sit on a round tilt-top oak table, restored by Antique Warehouse in Worcester. The armchair, sourced on Ebay, has been upholstered by Craycombe Antiques & Interiors in GP & J Baker’s Heron and Lotus Flower

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Upstairs, Alison and Paul moved the bathroom to where the middle bedroom was, for more height. ‘We chose a traditional suite with fittings in brass and chrome to add authenticity,’ she says. The couple have recently completed the renovation of a derelict outbuilding at the bottom of the garden, transforming it into a garden office and tranquil retreat. ‘It would have once served as washrooms to the workers’ cottages,’ explains Alison. ‘We rebuilt it, adding oak details to give it character, and the front of the roof was repaired using the original tiles, which our builder, David Moore, had rescued and redrilled to fit.’ Two rooflights allow light to flood into what they now fondly call ‘the folly’, which has a platform for two single beds and a wood-burning stove. As well as running her business, Alison organises the Worcestershire-based English Symphony Orchestra, so Christmas is a busy time. ‘Of all the concerts in the year, I look forward to December’s the most, culminating in Handel’s Messiah, which is always magical,’ she says. ‘When the performance is over we can concentrate on bringing Christmas into the house with decorations, before gathering round the fire for Dundee cake, port and Stilton. ‘This is the first year we will be able to use the folly,’ says Alison. ‘We have every intention of spending a peaceful starlit Christmas Eve in it.’

ABOVE A bathroom suite from Plumb Center is complemented by painted floorboards in a mix of Graphite and Old Violet paints by Annie Sloan, and Palm Jungle wallpaper from Cole & Son; Alison painted the cupboard in the same colours, with panels in offcuts of the wallpaper RIGHT An iron bedstead from Antiques Warehouse is ideal to hang stockings. Find similar storage boxes at The Wonderful Wood Company OPPOSITE A derelict outbuilding has been transformed into a tranquil hideaway, featuring silver travertine tiles from Mandarin Stone and a neat console desk from Oka. The rustic wooden ladder found on Ebay leads up to two single beds

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1 WALLPAPER Add an exotic look with this Tropicana wallpaper, which features stylised palm leaves in shades of bronze with metallic highlights, £59 per roll, Fabrics & Papers. 2 CANDLE Inspired by its signature store in London, The White Company’s two-wick Symons candle, £35, blends sumptuous

cashmere, smooth white amber, crisp cotton, cedarwood and peony. 3 TREE Made up from three different styled branches, this artificial Canadian spruce tree features pinecones and a folding stand, H195cm, £149.99, Gifts & Plants. 4 CRACKER BHS’ Kraft and Red glitter snowflake luxury crackers come in

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packs of six, comprising two designs, £16. 5 MIRROR Traditional in every way, this doubleframed gold gilt Belle mirror has bevelled glass, gesso detailing, and can be hung as portrait or landscape, H86xW117cm, £235, Ayers & Graces. 6 CAKE DOME Show off your baking skills by displaying your goodies

in this elegant handmade soda lime glass serving stand, H27.5xDia.29cm, £55, Oliver Bonas. 7 WREATH Decorate a dresser with this pretty heart-shaped red berry wreath. It has a generous layer of red berries with green leaves wrapped around wintery woodland twigs, H34xW30cm, £24, The Contemporary Home.

8 BED Sleep peacefully in this Edwardian-style Castello bed, which has a cast-steel frame with brass finials and beech slats, £449 for a kingsize. Marks & Spencer. 9 RIBBON Use this Merry Christmas cotton ribbon for hanging up wreaths, cards and as a finishing touch for gifts, £1.94 for 5m at Luck & Luck. DECEMBER 2015 87

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Halinka’s Fairies

Halinka Fraser used to travel the world as a theatre designer, creating sets for plays and opera, but her hanging ‘fairy’ figurines were born years later when she needed to raise the money to send her eldest daughter to ballet school. Once more, theatre provided the inspiration for her little cast of characters, from graceful skaters to anthropomorphic animals; last Christmas her mice were stars of Harrods’ captivating window display. ‘I am grateful to my Polish grandmother, who taught me how to sew when I was five,’ she says.

From her spare room in the attic, Amy runs her online homeware business, designing and making a range of fabric accessories. ‘For my 16th birthday, my mother gave me a sewing machine on the proviso that I take A Level textiles. I didn’t, but her investment came good when I went to Loughborough University to study printed textiles. Eleven years on, the sewing machine is still put to good use,’ she says. Amy’s latest Secret Garden design weaves together flora and fauna. ‘It’s the process of exploring initial ideas all the way through to the final designs that really excites me.’

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Coils of wire, drawers of etched components, and sheets of metal all have their place alongside collections of buttons, feathers and shells in metalworker Sharon McSwiney’s peaceful garden studio in St Ives. ‘They all act as inspiration,’ says Sharon, who has been handcrafting jewellery and

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decorations for the last 25 years. ‘My Cornish garden is a source of natural ideas, and the autumnal colours and leaves really suit my materials – primarily copper and brass.’ Sharon creates the rich colours of her hanging decorations, or ‘jewellery for the walls’, by heating the metals and applying different treatments to the surfaces, into which she then etches patterns and motifs inspired by nature. DECEMBER 2015 89

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From his studio in Arrochar, on the scenic shores of Loch Long, Tom Butcher crafts sculptural and functional tableware. His stoneware collection has an appealing earthiness and rusticity – ‘I make it in as simple and as pure a fashion as I can,’ he says. His pots, jars and cups are produced by extrusion – a process of shaping a hollow form by forcing the clay through a die – to which Tom adds spouts, bases and handles. ‘It is constantly evolving as a product range,’ he says. (

Hailing from a creative family – her grandmother was a weaver and father a woodworker – it was almost inevitable that making would ‘became second nature’ to Kate Wilson. After graduating with a degree in fashion knitwear, she worked as a junior designer for Toast, before taking the plunge to move back to Cumbria and start her own knitwear label. ‘Cumbria is a county of constant inspiration, and both the wide, open landscapes and smallest detail of foliage or lichens can provide starting points for colour palettes or designs for stitches. I look to heritage knitwear patterns and also value the history of the textile industries and skill base we are so lucky to have in the surviving mills around Britain,’ she says. Her knitted throws and cushions have a wonderfully comforting quality. ‘This tactile connection with wool is one of the most satisfying, simple things in life,’ she adds.


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Starting out life as an illustrator and designer, Joe Ramm’s career path took a detour for years after she set up a business selling painted furniture. Then, in 2012 she picked up her graphite pencil again, and established Solomon Grey in Brighton, designing kitchen textiles. Patterns include her sketches of the utensils in her own kitchen. ‘Some of them have been in the family for generations,’ she says, ‘such as the wonky sieve, which was my mother’s, and my grandmother’s pastry cutter,’ while others are inspired by her love of Victorian botanical prints. Her designs now also grace ceramics.

After a day in the office working as a graphic designer, Jacqui Sheard would often unwind by crafting bars of organic soap in her home kitchen. Her passion became a profession when she found the ‘perfect little shop’ in the village of Lacock, which today is filled with the soaps stirred to her own recipe and decoratively dotted with herbs and flowers. A small team now helps her to create the range of toiletries, in her Wiltshire ‘apothecary of the senses’.

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CRAFTWERK A former teacher who became ‘disillusioned with the profession’, Heather O’Leary realised the joy of working with her hands after taking courses in a number of traditional crafts. ‘I discovered needle felting quite by accident, and quietly taught myself how to create 3D shapes from repeatedly stabbing wool,’ she says. ‘Before long, I became entirely fixated on this incredible craft form.’ Founding Craftwerk, she converted a summerhouse in her garden, set in the Snowdonia National Park, into a workshop for creating her adorable

needle-felted animals, ‘It has become a veritable hermitage and is now a hive of industry,’ says Heather. She has since also designed a series of British wool felting kits for a range of aptitudes.

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Following the launch of her studio in 2008, London-based homeware designer Charlene Mullen was shortlisted for Best Newcomer at that year’s 100% Design. Specialising in surface pattern, she is known for her drawings of cityscapes, and her charming illustrations celebrate her love of the hand-drawn line with a thread of narrative woven through. ‘I’m a bit of a magpie and gather inspiration from all over,’ she says. ‘The Scenic collection came from noticing pattern from buildings all across London, and I love traditional blackwork embroidery with its intricate geometric patterns, as well as folk art.’

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A multi-disciplinary craft and design partnership, Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth of Forest & Found both trained in fine art at Chelsea College of Art & Design. ‘Our interest in the act of making led us to begin researching methods of traditional craft,’ explains Abigail. ‘For the past two years we have immersed ourselves in the techniques of woodwork and textiles.’ Taking inspiration from a wide range of cultures, the duo craft beautiful yet functional vessels, utensils and textiles. ‘We’ve come from fine art, where function is often defunct, to where our primary focus in design now is how people use objects.’

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‘I aim to put a colourful idiosyncratic spin on a traditional English aesthetic. It’s National Trust in the Neotropics,’ says Fanny Shorter of her textile designs. After working as a freelance surface designer, she started her own business in 2011. ‘I grew up in the historic city of Winchester, so was surrounded from birth by beautiful architecture and countryside, and our house was full of Morris and Sanderson textiles, so I am influenced by historical English designs.’

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Katie has been practising as a ceramic artist since graduating from Brighton University in 2010. Working from her studio in Iliffe Yard in south London, she uses various techniques, including screen-printing, slip casting and digital transfers, to illustrate ceramic tableware with stories she has collected from museums, books and on her travels. ‘From the fox that lived on the 72nd floor of The Shard, to the penguin that is a ranking soldier in the Norwegian army, each piece tells its own bizarre, yet true, story,’ she explains. Katie will be opening her studio to visitors as part of Pullens Yard’s Open Studios on the weekend of 12–14 December 2015, 21½ Iliffe Yard, London SE17 3QA.

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Artist Lottie Day produces a range of printed textile homeware from her workshop in the Georgian Assembly House in Norwich. ‘After finishing university, I started up my own gallery and shop, and it was really inspiring to interact with artists and makers, but also made me realise I had stopped being creative myself,’ she says. ‘So I bought a sketchbook and started drawing again.’ It is easy to spot her inspirations derived from helping her dad at his allotment, ‘and growing up in the sticks’, in her line-drawn illustrations of traditional vegetables, which she screen-prints onto canvas in vibrant palettes, and adapts into napkins, double deckchairs and shopping bags.

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FLEXIBLE FURNITURE Opt for an extendable table with a spacesaving bench and chairs to accommodate large family gatherings with minimum fuss. This Parquet oak-veneer dining table, H76xW185230xD95cm, with four chairs and bench, costs £1,095 at Furniture Village. (0800 804 8879;


hether it’s spending time with family or entertaining guests, a warm and inviting space that everyone can enjoy is top of the kitchen wishlist at Christmas. To create a homely look, it’s all about the informal, so mix and match as much as possible, combining new finds with upcycled pieces, and different styles of chairs around a simple, farmhouse table to give a relaxed, festive feel. Choosing freestanding units, such as larders, dressers and butcher’s blocks from different eras will evoke the feel of heirlooms passed down through the family, and if space is limited, hang

a variety of wall cupboards to create a similar mismatched effect. Painted pieces in soft chalk paint will add a splash of colour to a space, which can be changed easily with the seasons, so be daring. Soft furnishings should be pretty with nostalgic prints – Liberty lawn fabrics and the perennial favourite, gingham, are ideal. Combining the two works really well, so experiment with swatches before buying to ensure the colours complement one another. Complete the scheme with antique prints and artwork that reflects your personality and passions, and fill your cupboards with beautiful vintage linens and charming china pieces, ready to be brought out for the big day. DECEMBER 2015 95

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TIMELESS TILES Required to be practical as well as look good, tiles with a simple design will stand the test of time, as well as be easy to clean. Try Buckingham White tiles, £44.99 per m2 at Tile Choice (01902 490021; tilechoice., and accessorise with frosted tealights, from £1.99; snowflake decorations, £5.99; LED silver star lights, £5.99, all Dobbies. (0131 561 6406;


STYLISH CENTREPIECE In this New England kitchen by Mark Wilkinson, the extractor fan – an essential for ventilation in a busy kitchen – has been cleverly hidden under a canopy to create a beautiful focal point. With a clear-lacquered oak island, and units finished in the company’s own satin eco paint in Oyster, kitchens start from £40,000. (01380 850007;


WORKTOP SPACE Incorporating an island is a practical solution to maximise counter space in a busy family kitchen. Aside from a place to prep, a bespoke island unit can also accommodate a range of add-ons, from deep drawers to small sinks and wine cooler systems. Martin Moore’s English kitchen collection starts from £35,000. (0845 180 0015; 96 DECEMBER 2015

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SOFT SHADES Experiment with stylish table settings and soft furnishings to suit all occasions. This year opt for natural fabrics in a neutral palette as shown. Linum West runners, £33 each; Lene Bjerre Darla candlesticks, from £27; LSA dine charger/serving coupe plate set, £30 for two; By Nord napkins, £10 each; Eichholtz Key Largo armchairs in Camel Linen, £396 each, all Houseology. (


COLOURFUL STOVE An investment buy for any kitchen, the traditional range cooker now comes in an array of colours. Alternatively, opt for a classic shade of cream, shown here (0800 804 6261; and accessorise with bright cookware, such as this casserole dish in Teal from Le Creuset’s Bloom collection, £160. (0800 373792;


PAINTED UNITS The Shaker design remains one of the most popular choices when creating a kitchen with a family-friendly feel. Second Nature’s timeless Langham kitchen features chunky solid timber doors, and is available in 24 colours, shown here in Alabaster with granite worktops, priced from £12,000. (01325 505539; DECEMBER 2015 97

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STATEMENT LARDER No homely kitchen would be complete without a generous-sized cupboard for storing those family food essentials. This handcrafted, in-frame catspaw oak larder from Churchwood comes as freestanding with two drawers, from £2,500, or as part of a kitchen, from £20,000. (01298 872422;


MIX AND MATCH SEATING Nowadays kitchen units can be painted in any shade you wish, but to avoid the room dating too quickly, stick to a neutral palette as a base for colourful freestanding pieces. This Artisan lay-on cabinetry from John Lewis of Hungerford is painted in Stone Ochre II, from £17,500 for a complete kitchen. (0700 278 4726; For a splash of festive colour, paint a selection of mismatched chairs in Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, £18.95 per litre. (01865 713089;

CREATIVE FLOORING Add a quirky touch to a wooden floor with clever use of artisan tiles. Designed by Dee Hardwicke, these W30.5xL30.5cm vinyl tiles from Harvey Maria are available in six colours, including this floral design in Cornflower Blue, £42.95 per m2. (0845 680 1231;


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LEFT Simply plug in and cook with Everhot’s generous 120i electric heat storage range. H90xW120xD60cm, it features three ovens, an induction hob and classic cast-iron hot and simmer plate, and is available in eight colours, including Graphite, as shown. If access to the kitchen is difficult, it can be delivered in two pieces and joined together on site. Priced from £8,240 (

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The classic and versatile freestanding range cooker is at the very heart of any period kitchen, and whether a traditional heat storage, combination or modern range-style cooker, there is no denying its homely appeal, says Paula Woods


rafted from robust cast iron, the traditional range cooker remains a staple in the period home, thanks to its characterful enamel finish and ambient, welcoming warmth. However, unlike a conventional cooker, which is simply turned on when required, the original heat storage range constantly radiates heat, for a unique culinary experience that does not involve using a direct flame or element during the cooking process. By contrast, the modern range-style cooker operates in the same manner as a conventional cooker, thus combining timeless styling with an array of technological functions and features that maximises cooking flexibility and control. Unlike the heat storage range, which can be powered by all fuel types, including wood, oil and solid fuel – ideal for those without access to a mains supply – you’ll find modern rangestyle cookers tend to run on gas, electric or a combination of

the two. Conversion to LPG (propane gas), however, is available on some models. For the best of both worlds, some of the latest heat storage ranges can also be teamed with a conventional model, for greater capacity and flexibility. Historically, many ranges were also used to power heating and hot-water systems. Often referred to as a combination range, these practical models are currently enjoying a revival as, depending on the fuel you choose, they can prove a great economic and green solution in a world of ever-rising bills. Whatever your preference, ranges are available in a wide variety of sizes and configurations. Typical ranges measure anything from 90 to 180cm wide, but with demand for smaller 60 to 80cm models growing, there is now something to suit every home and circumstance. Just remember to do your research and invest in a range tailored to your particular needs in terms of installation, lifestyle, functions and fuel options. DECEMBER 2015 101

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One for the serious cook, Viking’s Professional 5 Series induction range is a unique, commercialstyle electric self-cleaning model that marries the latest induction technology with a 133-litre rapid preheat convection oven. A compact H91xW76x D62cm, it’s available in seven finishes. £7,000. (01925 821280;


The new City60 exhibits all the hallmarks of Aga’s original cast-iron heat storage range, but in a neat H91xW60xD62cm model. Available in either a contemporary or traditional design (shown), this convenient all-electric range has two programmable ovens, a flexible hotplate and comes in 14 colours, including Rose, £4,995. (0845 712 5207;


Despite measuring just H97xW60xD60cm, the traditional cast-iron Everhot 60 electric heat storage range still benefits from two large ovens, an integral grill, and cast-iron hot and simmer plates. Available in eight colours, it costs £4,755. (01453 890018;


Esse’s series of eco-friendly wood-fired heat storage ranges includes the Plus 1, a tiny H90xW50xD62.5cm unit that can be used as a standalone range or in conjunction with other models. Available in 20 colours, this cast-iron cooker has a surprisingly generous 24-litre oven, versatile hotplate and firebox barbecue shelf. Priced £2,668. ( 102 OCTOBER 2015

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With its extra-wide firebox, the De Manincor Domino 8 single-oven range from Ludlow Stoves can accommodate logs up to 60cm long, and may also be combined with a matching gas cooker. Available in five colours, with black or stainless-steel doors, it measures H86x W80xD60cm, and costs £3,425. (01584 861628;

FEMININE Handmade fabricfaced ceramic tile in Bramley Sprig (W10xL10cm), fully sealed for kitchen use. £8.95 each, Simply Divine Things (simply ARTISAN Hand-decorated 17th-century-inspired The Potteries tiles in Pomegranate (W12.5xL12.5cm), £19.94 each, Fired Earth (01295 814396;


GEOMETRIC Bangles handmade and painted terracotta tiles (W15xL15cm), £684 per m2, Waterworks (020 7384 4000;

Handmade in the USA, the Wolf ICBDF304 dual-fuel stainless-steel range features an advanced gas hob, plus a cobalt blue interior to the 111-litre self-cleaning oven, which has 10 cooking modes and dual convection technology for even temperature and airflow. H93.5x W76xD75cm, it costs £8,040. (0845 250 0010;


Specifically designed for those short on space, Stoves’ Richmond mini range measures H93xW55x D60cm and features two electric ovens and a grill, plus a four-zone gas hob and wok burner or electric ceramic hob. Available in six colours, including Champagne, it costs around £599. ( DECEMBER 2015 103

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A Which? best buy, the Victoria TR4110 series by Smeg boasts two electric ovens, one with vapour clean technology, and separate grill, plus the option of an induction or gas hob. Finished in six colours, including Cream as shown, it measures H89.5xW110xD60cm. From £1,999. (


La Cornue is celebrating 10 years of the CornuFé cooker. Offering all the power and functionality of the iconic La Cornue range, but at an accessible price, CornuFé 110 measures H93xW110xD65cm, is available in 10 finishes, and features five gas burners or induction plates, plus two electric convection ovens. Priced from £4,850. (0870 789 5107;


Mercury’s 1082 range, with electric double-ovens and separate grill, can be teamed with a five-burner gas or induction hob, while an LPG conversion kit is available on request for those off-grid. Offered in eight colours, including Blueberry, as shown, it measures H92xW108x D64cm, £3,895. (0800 804 6261;


Leisure’s dual-fuel A La Carte offers a five-burner gas hob, independent grill and two ovens, both with cook-clean catalytic liners that absorb grease and burn it off at 200°C or higher. Available in blue, black or cream, this H90xW90x D60cm range is priced at £899.99. ( 104 DECEMBER 2015

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DECORATIVE Matrix Meadow glass (W60xL75cm), £189.99, Topps Tiles (0800 783 6262;

SLEEK Stainless steel with rail (W75xL90cm), £179, Britannia (0844 463 9705; britannia

CLASSIC Gold and Silver granite, £378 per m2, F Jones Surfaces (01642 241195;

Part of its Ascot collection, Steel Cucine has collaborated with Le Creuset to design a limited-edition H97xW100xD60cm model, available in four classic Le Creuset shades – Amethyst, Mineral Blue, Sisal and Cotton. Featuring a gas hob, fry top, double oven, including optional Combi-Steam oven, and LED lights for evening illumination, it costs from £3,580. (


Hand-built in France, Lacanche ranges allow for individual specification of colour, fuel, oven and hob configuration. This H90xW100xD65cm Macon Mist in Grey, seen here in a Humphrey Munson kitchen (, features four gas burners, a simmer plate, three ovens and pan drawer. From £4,250, Fourneaux de France. (


Get creative and colourmatch the Delphi 100 Twin range to any provided sample, using Britannia’s unique Colourange service. Featuring two electric ovens, with rotisserie, meat probe and grill elements, plus induction or gas hob, this H87xW99.5xD60cm cooker is available in four standard finishes, including Gloss Red, £3,899. (0844 463 9705;

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Introduced in 1946, Rayburn’s Heatranger caters for all your cooking, hot water and heating needs. Powered by solid fuel, oil or gas, it is available in various sizes, oven and hob configurations. The H81.5xW90.5x D58cm 300 Series combination range has two ovens, a hotplate, and heats up to eight radiators. From £4,395. (0800 083 0602;


The Lincar Ilaria solid-fuel boiler range from Ludlow Stoves can easily heat a four-bedroom house and provide plenty of hot water. Measuring H86xW90xD60cm, it can be finished in black or white enamelled steel, or with red or brown majolica panels, and features a cast-iron or stainlesssteel hob, plus two ovens, £2,950. (01584 861628;


An energy-saving wood or solid-fuel combination range is an ideal solution for those living in remote homes. Wamsler’s H85x W90.5xD60cm 900 Series central heating range has a large steel hob, 58-litre single oven, and runs up to eight radiators, as well as providing hot water. Available in five colours, it is priced at £4,499. (


The Klover Smart 120 wood pellet range not only offers a 47-litre oven, hotplate and plenty of power to heat water and radiators, but under the Renewable Heat Incentive you also receive a government grant. H87.5x W120xD63cm, £6,353, Firepower Heating. (0844 332 0155;

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Barista flavour Get the exquisite taste of freshly ground, espresso bar coffee in your own home with Heston Blumenthal’s Barista Express bean-to-cup coffee machine. Not only does it grind fresh coffee straight into the filter for you, it also has 18 grind settings, as well as adjustable temperature to allow for optimal espresso extraction. In addition, it boasts a powerful milk frother and hotwater dispenser along with a stylish retro design that will look the part on any kitchen worktop. H40xW33xD31cm, £549.99. (0808 178 1650;

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Bring instant boiling water – and style – to your kitchen with Quooker’s limited-edition The Gold One Fusion boiling water tap. By delivering the exact amount of boiling water you need, Quooker taps help to save water, time, energy and money, with a standby price of just 3p per day. From £3,695 for the PRO3 Fusion square and round tap (shown). (0808 102 0674; DECEMBER 2015 109

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Safer and more efficient than ceramic and gas hobs, it’s no wonder induction technology is fast becoming a favourite in our kitchens. Featuring a five-zone induction hob as well as two generous ovens (63ltr and 65ltr), Leisure’s new Cookmaster CK100D210 will cook your Christmas lunch to perfection. H90xW100x D60cm, £1,399.99. (


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Out & About

Enjoy some traditional, seasonal pastimes this Christmas with our round-up of events and activities at historic properties and venues around the country

Heritage experiences


VICTORIAN FESTIVITIES In the early 1800s, most people worked on Christmas Day – it was a religious festival, not a family occasion. The change began when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were pictured in 1848 with a decorated Christmas tree, like those Albert enjoyed in Germany as a child. This tradition was taken up across the country, with candles, sweets, fruit and homemade decorations hanging on the tree. Until then, presents had traditionally been exchanged at New Year, but as Christmas became more important, trinkets hanging on the tree made way for larger gifts placed underneath.

From 18 November Osborne House, Isle of Wight Learn how Queen Victoria and her family celebrated Christmas when they were in residence. Adult, £10.60; child, £6.30. (0370 333 1181; 29 November–6 January Dennis Severs’ House, Spitalfields, London With each room re-creating a different era and mood from 1724 to 1914, touring Dennis Severs’ house is a magically evocative experience. Enjoy it decked out in full festive regalia, or an evening candlelit Silent Night tour. From £15 per person, booking essential. (020 7247 4013; 21–22 November Belsay Hall, Northumberland Belsay’s own Mrs Beeton will be giving Victorian cooking hints and tips, 11am–4pm. Adult, £8.30; child, £5. (0370 333 1181; 24 November–3 January Geffrye Museum, London See how Christmas has been celebrated over the past 400 years, with period living rooms decked with authentic decorations. Free admission. (020 7739 9893; 13 December Eltham Palace, London With the household preparing for a 1930s party, costumed characters will be on hand to offer hosting and dancing tips. 11am–3pm. Adult, £13; child, £7.80. (020 8294 2548; DECEMBER 2015 113

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The use of wreaths stretches back thousands of years. The Romans were first to hang them on their doors as a sign of victory, while in Britain, pre-Christian cultures used them in rituals, including the Winter Solstice in December. With no beginning or end, the circular shape symbolises eternity and rebirth, and most wreaths were made of evergreens, which also represent eternal life. Modern use as a Christmas decoration probably originated in the early 1800s in Italy and Spain, linked to Advent, when wreaths with candles are lit in the run-up to Christmas. For many Christians, a wreath of holly represents the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, and the red berries his blood. From the latter half of the 20th century, even secular houses began displaying wreaths on their front doors as decorations for the festive season. Join the garden team at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, on 2 and 3 December, as they demonstrate how to make a decorative wreath from foraged foliage, cones and berries, 9.30am, 12pm, 2.30pm. £40 per person, including admission to the house and garden. (01246 565300;

Simply crackers

When you sit down to dinner on Christmas Day, pull your crackers and read aloud the worst jokes conceived of by man, pause for a moment to consider where this odd tradition came from. It is another Victorian invention, created in 1848 by British confectioner Tom Smith. Looking for a new way to sell his sweets, and inspired by the Parisian method of selling bonbons in little paper packages, he made a wrapper filled with goodies that snapped when it was pulled apart. Soon the sweets were replaced by little gifts, and paper hats were added in the late Victorian era. Make your own crackers from 19 to 22 December at the Tudor palace, The Vyne, in Hampshire, which will be richly decorated for a country house family Christmas. £4 (normal admission charges apply). (01256 883858;

28–30 November Killerton, Devon Florist Sarah Pepper will run a workshop demonstrating how to make a wreath. 10.30am–12.30pm, 2–4pm, £16.50, booking essential. (01392 881345; nationaltrust. 28–29 November Croft Castle, Herefordshire Prepare for an Edwardian Christmas with decoration workshops, music and traditional Christmas activities from the 1900s. 10am–4pm. Normal admission fee applies. (01568 780246; nationaltrust. 28 November Down House, Kent Charles Darwin made it his life’s work to study the natural world, so it seems only appropriate that his former country home will be the venue for workshops on making natural decorations, and gifts. Sessions at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. £2–£13, plus normal admission fee. (0370 333 1183; 6 December Cardiff Castle, Wales The atmospheric Undercroft will be the setting for workshops on wreath-making (12.30pm) and table decoration (3pm) – foliage and decorations supplied. £25 for the wreath, and £17.50 for the table decoration. (029 2087 8100; 10 December Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk Join the cook in the Old Kitchen for a Christmas sweet treats workshop, 10am–3.30pm. £35, including ingredients and lunch. (01366 328243; nationaltrust. 13 December Avebury, Wiltshire Embrace the traditional craft of felt making, and create some felt Christmas puddings or Dorset Buttons tree decorations. 11am–12.30pm and 2–3.30pm. £5. (01672 538016; nationaltrust.


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Carol services

Seas�nal music

Festive songs have been sung as far back as the 4th century, when newly converted Romans would sing Christian hymns of praise. The songs used by Saint Francis of Assisi in his nativity plays became popular, but the joviality ceased once Oliver Cromwell seized power in England, and carols fell out of favour. They were revived in Victorian times when ‘Waits’, groups of local officials, would parade on Christmas Eve singing for money, and wassailers entertained for food and drink. Carolling remained a street and home entertainment until the book Carols for use in Church was published in 1875. Enjoy singing along on Sundays 29 November and 6, 13 and 20 December at Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire, 2pm. Adult, £6.80; child, £4. (

28 November–7 December Mottisfont, Hampshire Follow Mr Scrooge around the house and grounds, or visit at the weekends to join in the carolling in the stables. 10am–4.30pm. Normal admission fee. (01794 340757; 6 December Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire Enjoy the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles lighting up the abbey cellarium in Carols by Candleight. Free admission. (01765 608888; fountains-abbey) 6 December Hatfield House, Hertfordshire The Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple, will be performing a range of Christmas classics in the Old Palace, 7pm. Adult, £15; Children, £10. (01707 287052; 12–13 December Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire Join the Christmas Choirs at 2pm, or listen to ghost stories for Christmas on 18 and 19 December at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. (0370 333 1183; visit/places/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens) 21 December Tatton Park, Cheshire The King Edward Musical Society Band and choir will be spreading festive cheer in the lovely setting of Tatton’s Stableyard, 3–4pm. (01625 374400;


Illuminated walks

LIGHTS UP AT WADDESDON From 11 November to 3 January, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire will host a Winter Light trail in its gardens from 4pm–6pm (8pm Friday to Saturday), including an installation by artist-in-residence Bruce Munro, who explains where the concept originated. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING LIGHT INSTALLATIONS? My wife and I did a road trip around Australia, and the desert landscape of the centre of the country was the inspiration for my first installation, The Field of Light, in 2003.

WHAT IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S INSTALLATION? A few years ago, I read about charity Shelter Box, which provides emergency shelter and supplies in areas of disaster and humanitarian crisis. I felt my art could be used to raise awareness of its work, so this year’s installation, ‘SOS’, is a series of tents through which messages and audio will be transmitted. There are many hands and talents that come together to create this, and I’m fortunate to work with a fantastic team. (01296 653226;

25 November–2 January Kew Gardens, Surrey Seasonal illuminations will highlight the gardens after dark with a new winter trail, 5–10pm. Adult, £16; child, £10; under-4s, free. For days of closure, visit the website ( 28 November Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire Lanterns, a labyrinth and ice sculptures will show the Abbey gardens in a new light. 5–10pm (9pm last entry). Adult, £10.50; child, £4.50. (01525 290333; 3 December–3 January RHS Wisley, Surrey Marvel at the Jigantics’ light installation around the garden, with giant illuminated flowers, from dusk until 5pm. Normal admission fee. (0845 260 9000; 4 December Trengwainton, Cornwall Enjoy the gardens and orchard by lantern light, with carolling. 5.30pm– 8.30pm. Adult, £4; child, £2. (01736 363148; national DECEMBER 2015 115

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Traditional fairs Christmas markets have traditionally been held in German-speaking areas of Europe, from Alsace in France to South Tyrol in Italy, Austria and Germany itself, from the Late Middle Ages. They run in the four weeks of Advent to welcome the ‘Christkind’, and feature seasonal food, handmade crafts and gifts. In 1982, Lincoln brought the first traditional Christmas market to the UK as part of its twinning with the town of Neustadt in Germany. Visit Lincoln’s market from 3–6 December ( On the same weekend is the Medieval Christmas Market at Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace, featuring traders in medieval costume, 12–9.30pm. Free for English Heritage members, but £1 entry on 5 and 6 December (

12–14 November and 23 December Castle Howard, Yorkshire The cobbled stable courtyard will host stalls selling local crafts, gifts and produce, 10am–4pm. Free admission. (01653 648333; 14–15 November Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex More than 130 stalls set around the museum’s historic buildings will be selling arts, crafts, food and gifts. 10.30am–4pm. £5, including entry to museum. (01243 811363; 19–22 November Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire Visit the living crafts Christmas market with more than 150 British designer-makers. Normal entrance fee. (01993 810530; 21–22 November Petworth House and Park, West Sussex Artisan stalls will be set around the historic parkland, 10.30am–3.30pm. Adult, £6; child, free. (01798 342207; 26–29 November Burghley House, Lincolnshire A Christmas fair will be hosted in the Elizabethan surroundings of the Chestnut Courtyard and Brewhouse, 9am–5pm. Free admission. (01428 684494; 28–29 November Brodie Castle, Scotland Indulge in crafts and food at the Christmas fair, set over two floors of the castle and in the stables, 10am–4pm. Adult, £4; child, 50p. ( Property/Brodie-Castle) 5–6 December Tyntesfield, North Somerset Find locally made treats at the festive food and craft market, 10am–3pm. Free admission. (01275 461900; 116 DECEMBER 2015

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The Cotehele Garland

Watching the gardening team build the Christmas flower garland in the Great Hall is an annual spectacle at Cotehele in Cornwall. All the flowers and foliage needed to create this enormous decoration are grown on site in the gardens each year, and the blooms then dried in late summer and autumn in the roof of the potting shed. The garland is first made with green branches of the shrub pittosporum tied to rope, which grows over the days to 18 metres long. The team work on scaffolding to put it in place and dress it with the colourful dried flowers. Last year almost 40,000 stems were used. Visit from 5 to 14 November to see the garland being created, then 15 November to 31 December (closed 25–26) for the finished piece. Normal admission fee. (01579 351346;

Deck the halls

1–3 December St Fagan’s National History Museum, Wales Help or watch staff and volunteers decorate the houses of the National History Museum with holly and ivy, 10am–5pm. Free admission. ( 5–6 December Chiltern Open Air Museum, Buckinghamshire See the historic buildings festooned in traditional festive decorations and meet costumed re-enactors making preparations for a Regency Christmas, accompanied by songs and music. 11am–4pm. Adult, £9.50; child, £6. (01494 871117;


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The biscuit jars are filled to the brim, the fire crackles in the grate, and Jessica and Henry Jowilin are ready for a traditional Swedish Christmas



rom the open windows of Jessica and Henry Jowilin’s pretty red timber-built cottage waft the irresistible scents of gingerbread, cinnamon and freshly baked biscuits: the flavours of a classic Swedish festive celebration. Set deep in the countryside in the tiny village of Lillkyrka, about an hour’s drive from Stockholm, the cosy cottage is reached along rough country tracks that wind their way through snow-covered cow pastures. At the front of the house, lights shimmer in the windows, and inside the couple are getting ready for Christmas with their daughter Noelia. On the old stove, in the homely country kitchen, there are trays filled with semla Swedish buns, nut fudge pies in baking tins, chocolate-chip cookies, and other sweets on pretty doilies.

ABOVE Ready for a family celebration, Jessica with 18-monthold daughter Noelia, in her gingerbread dress ABOVE RIGHT A warm welcome awaits wellwishers at the Jowilins’ cottage, which was built in the late 19th century OPPOSITE Jessica likes to add sparkle to the kitchen with candles and tealights, contrasted by a rustic linen tablecloth. The teardrop chandelier catches the light and fresh greenery adds a natural festive note

Jessica creates these treats on a daily basis for her business, Café tant Gredelin, which she has run for the last six years. The popular café is located in nearby Enköping, in an old listed building that features decorative panelling, vintage wallpaper and charming furniture. Many customers visit the café every day to enjoy sandwiches, lunches, pastries and coffee, served from a pot into pretty porcelain cups. When Jessica and Henry first moved into their cottage six years ago, it was in real need of updating. ‘We started by doing all the boring jobs that needed to be done straight away, such as mending the roof,’ explains Jessica. The couple were also keen to refresh the old pine kitchen, which was not to their taste. ‘Two amazing relatives of mine, Bernt and Yngve, helped us to renovate the space,’ says Jessica. DECEMBER 2015 119

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‘They built the panelled cabinets and worked with us to improve the layout. We decided to leave the base units as they were, but painted them white and replaced the handles.’ In the living room, positioned next to the kitchen, a reclaimed tiled fireplace has been installed, complete with a more modern insert to preserve the heat. ‘We often make a fire and it almost heats up the whole house,’ says Jessica. ‘Henry takes care of chopping up the firewood, and the kindling is stored in a large zinc pot next to the wood-burning stove in the kitchen.’ Between the living and dining rooms, the couple have installed an old casement window, and they keep its two sashes open wide so that the two spaces are connected to each other. ‘It was a thick timber wall to get through with the saw, but we are very glad that we did it,’ says Jessica. ‘When we have parties, the guests can sit in either room without feeling excluded from

‘I have all the decorations up by the first Sunday in Advent. Then our days are filled with celebrations’ all the fun, and from the dining room you see through to the crackling fire in the living room.’ On the landing upstairs, there’s a second comfortable living area, decorated with a big sparkling Christmas tree, standing within a rustic basket in the corner. As with many period cottages in Sweden, the first floor was originally just one large attic room, but the former owners insulated

The project Jessica, a café owner, and husband Henry Jowilin, who sells office supplies, live here with 18-month-old daughter Noelia PROPERTY A two-bedroom traditional Swedish cottage, built in 1885, located in the village of Lillkyrka, near Enköping ESSENTIAL REPAIRS Structurally the house was mostly sound, but the couple mended the roof, replaced the kitchen cabinets, installed a new fireplace, and redecorated the interior LAYOUT There are four reception rooms downstairs and two bedrooms on the first floor, which was converted into living space by the previous owners OWNERS

ABOVE LEFT All is calm in this corner of the kitchen, where layers of white, neutrals, and old lace combine for a simple Scandi-chic look ABOVE An old window forms a quirky hatch between the living room and dining room. Jessica turned old teatowels and table linen into cushion covers for a salvaged sofa

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and converted it, almost doubling the amount of living space. The ceiling and its exposed beams are painted white for a light, airy feel. ‘We’ve used a lot of white paint throughout the interior,’ says Jessica. ‘It has really brightened and refreshed the whole cottage. However, I like using colour as well, whether that’s polka-dot fabrics or brightly coloured flowers from the garden.’ She takes her decorating inspiration from magazines and interior design TV shows, and cites Swedish decorator Ernst Kirschsteiger as a favourite. In the master bedroom, Jessica has introduced colour and pattern with blue vintage-style wallpaper, striped blinds, and a checked armchair draped with an old teatowel. ‘I like old kitchen linen,’ she says. ‘It looks so nice when repurposed as tablecloths and cushion covers.’ The cottage is furnished with an eclectic mix of junk shop and saleroom finds. ‘We often go to garage sales and auctions,’ says Jessica. ‘Henry’s friends used to laugh at us when we told them that we were off to the auctions, but now they

like some of the things we’ve found, they’ve become interested in going themselves.’ Jessica often upcycles her buys, such as the old table in the dining room that she rescued from the tip. She painted its legs green and sanded the top to enhance its natural patina. Now laden with sweets and treats, and decorated with baubles and porcelain in lilac colours, the table comes into its own at Christmas time. Festivities always start early in the Jowilin household. ‘I usually have all the decorations up by the first Sunday in Advent. After that, our days are filled with celebrations, mulled wine parties and events in the café,’ says Jessica. ‘Throughout December, we will have a horsedrawn carriage that starts from the main square and ends up at the café, which will be decorated with a really cosy feel. I love to take time to enjoy Christmas and to entertain.’ Another thing that Jessica looks forward to at this time of year is baking, assembling and decorating a traditional gingerbread house,

ABOVE LEFT Most of the furniture in the house, including this side table, was salvaged from junk shops and recycling centres, then given a new look with a coat of paint TOP RIGHT A table decorated with sweets, baubles and porcelain ABOVE One of Jessica’s top festive recipes, crunchy raspberry pies with white chocolate – a favourite with the regulars at her cáfe DECEMBER 2015 123

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‘We have used a lot of white paint throughout the interior. It has really brightened and refreshed the whole cottage’

which she always puts on a shelf in the kitchen alongside softly glowing lanterns. ‘It makes your whole home smell so nice when you have a gingerbread house on display,’ she says. Alongside baked goodies and traditional decorations, the cottage is also filled with beautiful, eye-catching wreaths, potted myrtles, hyacinths and pine branches, bringing a touch of natural wintery beauty indoors for the season. In 2016, Henry and Jessica plan to overhaul the large garden that surrounds the cottage. ‘We’re going to move an old playhouse and rebuild it into a hen house for our chickens. We’d also love to have sheep grazing outside,’

says Jessica, as she gazes out of the window. ‘That’s a project for warmer weather, though, and for now our thoughts are filled with Christmas.’ With the couple’s families both living close by, they’re looking forward to celebrating with everyone. In the morning, they always begin by visiting Jessica’s great-aunt Eva, whose birthday is on Christmas Eve. Then they move on to Jessica’s family for Christmas dinner and a visit from Santa Claus. In the evening, they make their last stop at Henry’s family for a lively round of fun party games. ‘Then, we return home to the cottage and light the fire on for a quiet, cosy night together as a family,’ smiles Jessica.

ABOVE LEFT The upstairs landing between the two bedrooms has been turned into a cosy second living space ABOVE Noelia likes to help her mum with the baking RIGHT Vintage-style wallpaper by Boråstapeter adds interest in the master bedroom, along with lace bedlinen and country checks

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1 WALLPAPER Inspired by traditional Swedish designs, this Selma Blaklint wallpaper by Astrid & Rudolf is printed on traditional uncoated paper with a matt finish. It costs £72 per roll at Redloh House Fabrics. 2 CHANDELIER Cool whites and an ornate design make this Skinny Mimi six-arm chandelier

a grand centrepiece for even small rooms. H58x Dia.60cm, £195, The French Bedroom Company. 3 DECORATIONS These charming heart ornaments have been handmade from a discarded copy of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, and are sewn together with ivory thread. Priced £15 for

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a set of eight from Peony & Thistle at Etsy. 4 LANTERN Pop a pair of pillar candles in this Industrial zinc lantern. Its simple design is ideal for a Scandi-style interior and it can be used inside or out. H40xW30xD30cm, £99, Nordic House. 5 CAKE STAND The shimmering silvered finish of this glass cake

stand gives it an ethereal feel, making it ideal for festive parties. H8.5x Dia.25cm, £34.50, Within. 6 FLOOR Create a warm feel with this oak natural pre-oiled engineered flooring. The planks each measure W20xL210cm and can be laid over underfloor heating. £55 per m2 at The Natural Wood Floor Company.

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he run-up to Christmas can be a hectic time, but there can still be an opportunity to squeeze in a spot of crafting.

Keep your ideas simple and involve the rest of the family. Combine a Sunday afternoon walk with a spot of foraging for cones, nuts and pretty berries. Early winter storms will often bring down

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Posy napkin rings YOU WILL NEED: • Hessian ribbon • Needle and thread • Scissors • Napkins • Dried herbs, flowers and seed heads • Thin-gauge floristry wire • Twine, cord, ribbon or raffia • Weeping birch stems, Virginia creeper • Brown stub wire (optional) • Rosemary, pine, bay, rose hips, berries

MAKING A POSY-ADORNED RIBBON NAPKIN RING • Take a length of hessian ribbon and stitch the ends together to create a tube to hold the napkin. • Make a simple posy from a few stems of herbs and secure it with thin-gauge floristry wire. Dried flowers and seed heads would work here, too. • Cover the wire by wrapping with twine, cord, ribbon or raffia. You can then place your posy on top of the napkin, or tie in place.


A quick and easy way to dress a table for a special meal is to add simple decorations to napkins. Choosing evergreen herbs with their delicious fragrance is a nice touch. Alternatively, use sprigs of pine for that quintessential smell of Christmas. Work in seed heads or grasses that you collected in autumn, or fresh pickings from your garden and the hedgerows.

MAKING THE NAPKIN ADORNMENTS • Take a sprig of rosemary or pine and bring the ends together to form a small circle. • Secure this sprig in place with thin cord or twine, tying it in a bow. • Place the sprig on top of your napkin.

MAKING THE STEMMED NAPKIN RING • Make a circle using bendy birch stems or Virginia creeper. Check to see that your rolled napkin will fit through it. • Continue wrapping the stem around the circle a few times to create your napkin holder. The circle should hold in place; if not, secure with brown stub wire. • Decorate the front with whatever takes your fancy. Here, a sprig of rose hips is pushed into the birch.

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Decorative frosting Try this frosting technique to add a touch of natural glitter to your decorations. Having been long used in baking to make pretty cake decorations, the idea is also perfect for use at Christmas. Make sure guests, especially children, understand that these frosted items are for decoration only, and that they are not to be eaten. Fruits, such as pears and pomegranates, are the classic frosted table decoration, but you could look for something in your garden, the hedgerows or from the bits and pieces you have gathered over the previous months. Use the frosted items to create a table centrepiece or place settings. Make pieces to decorate presents or to cover natural baubles. If you want to frost fruit or berries, do it as close to when you need them as possible, and store them in a cool place.


YOU WILL NEED: • Egg • Bowl • Fork • 50–60g white caster sugar • Tray or plate • Small paintbrush • Leaves and berries for decorating: bay, rosemary, pine, rose hips, hawthorn berries, crab apples • Non-stick baking paper

APPLYING THE FROSTING • Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Then, using a fork, lightly beat the egg white in a bowl. • Spread out the caster sugar on the tray or plate. You can use granulated sugar but the larger grains will give a less refined finish. • With the paintbrush, cover your leaves and berries in a thin layer of egg white. • Then, press them in the caster sugar until they are evenly coated. You are aiming to capture the look of a light dusting of frost – not something covered in snow! • Shake off any excess and place on a sheet of baking paper. Do not use kitchen towel as you will end up with bits of paper stuck to your leaves and berries. • Place in the fridge until ready to use.

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Pine cones are essential for winter crafting. Wire them into wreaths, hang from your tree, use to decorate presents, or display them on their own.

Foraged fair y YOU WILL NEED: • Pine cone, acorn, beech nut seed pod, sycamore seed pods, thin deciduous branches, Chinese lantern or colourful autumn leaves • Scissors • Hot-glue gun • Secateurs • Cord


A collection of finds from the garden and woodland walks were combined to produce this sweet little fairy, which has a pine cone body. To create a spot for the head to rest on, snip out the top point of the cone. For the head, secure an acorn in place using a glue gun. Top off the head with a beech nut seed pod. For the fairy’s wings, glue on sycamore seed pods. Cut down thin branches to make arms, and give the fairy a skirt by gluing a Chinese lantern to the base of the pine cone. Carefully snip along the sides of the lantern from the base to about one-third of the way up, to open the lantern so it looks more skirt-like. Attach a length of cord to the back of the pine cone, then hang the fairy from your tree. If you do not have Chinese lanterns, try colourful leaves for the skirt.


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Seedswap book, seed envelopes and seeding labels set, £18.50, The Worm That Turned

Highgrove Kitchen Garden ladies’ gauntlet gardening gloves, £34.95

Set of six Rosa Gardener crackers filled with gardeners’ treats, £34.95, Annabel James

Cody Foster gardeners’ wellies ornament, £10.99, Cotswold Trading

Handmade in the Flower Garden clock, H12cm, £104, Abbott & Ellwood

Decorative hedgehog plate, £4, George Home

Terrace & Garden Kew candles, from £11 for H11xDia.11cm, Adventino

GPO Rydell vintage DAB radio, £59.95, Cuckooland



Wilson & Bloom garden kneeler, £12, Debenhams

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A TOUCH OF FROST When coated in a veil of sparkling white, the historic gardens of Yarlington House are transformed into a magical winter wonderland Words GAP PHOTOS Photographs HEATHER EDWARDS

The alcove of olearia in the sunken garden is backed with ivy, shaded with wisteria

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hen George III was passing the exposed site of Yarlington House in Somerset, on his way from Weymouth to nearby Longleat, the building was still under construction, and the King is purported to have exclaimed: ‘Hah hah! A bold man to build a house there.’ By 1782, however, the elegant manor was complete, and it still stands proud. Built out of red brick in a classical style, on the outskirts of the village of Yarlington, the manor is now owned by Count and Countess Charles and Carolyn de Salis.

ABOVE Built in 1782, the mellow red-brick Yarlington House is a classically styled manor RIGHT Countess de Salis and her husband have gradually created new areas of interest in the garden in their 55 years at the property


When the couple inherited the property in 1960, there was very little garden attached, except for a maturing shelterbelt to protect it from the strong winds of its hilltop position. Creating a garden in such an exposed site was not an easy undertaking, but the pair learned as they went. ‘Enjoying landscaping and architecture, Charles added all of the features that exist today, while I assumed the role of plantswoman,’ says Carolyn. The house is approached through a private driveway, enclosed by woodland and mature trees, which offer relief from the otherwise exposed parkland site. In winter, the garden is transformed into a silent winter wonderland, when evergreens are fringed with frost, and sweet floral scents hang heavy in the still air. It is in this dormant season that the structure, which threads the garden areas together, is revealed fully. Charles and Carolyn built the ha-ha that surrounds the north and west wings, planted

Key facts ABOVE Hips on an old shrub rose bush OPPOSITE The rectangle of pleached lime trees surrounds rose beds, with a lily pond at the centre

CHARACTER Many features set within a ha-ha (sunken wall), as well as rose and Italian gardens, golden laburnum walk, and woodland dell ASPECT Ha-ha east; rose garden west SOIL Lime on clay OWNERS Count and Countess Charles and Carolyn de Salis, since 1960 DATE OF HOUSE Built in 1782 OPEN For a specialist plant fair, Saturday 14 May 2016. Pre-booked group tours available (visit DECEMBER 2015 139

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A stone statue of the Greek goddess Artemis stands in the sunken walled garden, or ha-ha

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a rectangle of pleached limes on the vast front lawn, and established a sunken Italian garden that contains a plethora of roses and flowering shrubs, which produce vivid summer colour and more mellow autumn tones. These features enhance the original walled kitchen garden, dovecote, rose garden, lily pond and wisteriaclad pergola, which look spectacular in spring.


‘In winter, the box hedging within the pleached lime trees, and in the kitchen garden, provides strong lines and structure,’ says Carolyn. The pleached lime rectangle has an almost spiderlike quality, the heavily pruned stems reaching out to passers-by. Within, box-edged rose beds, arranged around a lily pond, offer up a few final blooms of now crystallised Rosa ‘Golden Showers’, holding on despite the winter chill. The sunken garden, planted with shrubs including the evergreens olearia, sarcococca and lonicera, is a vision covered in frost, at its centre an arch shielding a plaque of Napoleon. A pergola, clad in eight Malus ‘John Downie’, creates a graceful tapestry of domed branches. ‘The adjoining laburnum walk is also like a piece of living winter artwork,’ says Carolyn. This tunnel of trees is draped with pendulous racemes of golden blooms in summer, presenting a romantic aisle for promenades. Yet in winter, the framework, now devoid of leaves, leads the observer’s eye towards a bronze statue at its end of the couple’s second daughter, Frances. A crab-apple pergola, situated at the top of the laburnum tunnel, offers a blossom-draped setting for some of the many wedding services hosted at the property, yet, in winter, the structure looks equally impressive covered in a hoar frost. Friends, family and guests who wish to stretch their legs, or grab a moment of quiet seclusion,

ABOVE At the corner of the swimming pool garden is a beech, yew hedge and myrtle RIGHT Generations of gardeners have passed through this old wooden door into the 18th-century walled kitchen garden BELOW Frosted leaves of Acer palmatum BELOW LEFT This decorative wrought-iron gate leads into the sunken garden DECEMBER 2015 141

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RIGHT Pyramids of Pittosporum ‘Garnettii’ flank the entrance to the sunken garden BELOW LEFT The last blooms of Rosa ‘Golden Showers’, caught in winter’s frosty embrace BELOW RIGHT A cheeky little cherub sculpture stands on the gatepost at the entrance to the house’s stable yard

‘The adjoining laburnum walk is also like a piece of living winter artwork’

can take a stroll around the woodland dell, which still has the original Victorian winding paths, fashioned in the manner of an amphitheatre. Structure abounds, whether it’s the towering silhouette of a 200-year-old cedar marking the corner of the kitchen garden, or the globes of narrow-leaved evergreen mock privet, Phillyrea angustifolia, scattered around the sunken garden, itself surrounded by Italianate balustrading. Entering the 18th-century walled kitchen garden via a modest green gate, your eyes meet strong lines of box hedging, which house mature fruit trees, vegetable beds and lean-to greenhouses, still producing food for the household. Charles and Carolyn’s four daughters are now all married, but they regularly visit with their own children. An imposing dovecote, now converted into a generous playroom for the couple’s nine grandchildren, sits across from the house among scented sarcococca and mophead hydrangeas. With such a large garden it is, understandably, a challenge to get around it all, and so the couple employ one full-time gardener, Fraser Gardner, who has been working for them for 16 years. The kitchen garden is traditionally sited well away from the house, so Carolyn has positioned a herb plot close by, so that the

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fragrant leaves are at hand for when she prepares her favoured peppermint tea, and she can pick the parsley that she uses regularly in cooking. Watering the many containers takes up a lot of her time. She loves ‘Storm White’ petunias and white marguerites, and has large pots of them near the house. ‘With the wind, and also the limey, free-draining soil, the earth dries out quickly, so we are forever watering,’ she says.

ABOVE A bronze statue of Frances de Salis, second daughter of the Count and Countess, takes pride of place at the end of the laburnum walk,

which is draped in yellow flowers in summer, and a beautiful veil of white on crisp winter days BELOW The frosted and dried flowers of

mophead hydrangea add a wonderfully sculptural element to the garden. In spring and summer, these add beautifully soft pops of blue, mauve and pink


In the warmer months, Carolyn loves to escape to a secluded seat within the pleached limes, where nobody can find her. ‘I enjoy listening to the rustle of the leaves, either reading a book or completing a sketch,’ she says. ‘The seat overlooks the lily pond, so dragonflies dart overhead and frogs occasionally leap into the water.’ Having learned so much about plants from creating their garden, for nearly 20 years the couple have been running a specialist plant fair annually in May at the house, where nurseries from all over the South West come together to sell choice and unusual plants. At this time of year, however, as the garden sleeps, all is quiet and serene, the only regular visitor being Jack Frost, with paintbrush in hand. DECEMBER 2015 143

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Spruce THINGS Gardening writer and expert Mick Lavelle advises on how to choose, check and care for your Christmas tree



he Christmas tree should be the star of the show in any festive household; however, before rushing out and buying the first one you see, heed this advice on what to look for, the best variety to choose, and how to care for your selected seasonal spruce.


‘Aim to buy, or collect, your tree no more than three weeks before Christmas Day, but leave it outdoors until two weeks before at least, in order to keep it at its maximum freshness’

A fresh tree will have a healthy, shiny green appearance, with needles that are flexible and do not fall easily. Check this by dropping it lightly on its stump; evergreens lose needles all year, but if it drops more than a few, it is not fresh. Then compare the weight of similar-sized trees on sale: fresh, good-quality trees will normally be heavier. Avoid pre-wrapped stock as you cannot properly assess the shape, width or quality, and measure exactly the ceiling height of the room where the tree will be placed – there may be an allowance of up to 15cm on the measurement shown on the tag. Factor in, too, the dimensions of the stand, which will add to the overall height. Aim to buy, or collect, your tree no more than three weeks before Christmas Day, but leave it outdoors until two weeks before at least, in order to keep it at its maximum freshness.

MAINTAINING THE TREE Once you have the tree home, cut approximately 1–2cm off the stump using a handsaw, before standing it in a pail of fresh water, in a cool, shaded area. When it is brought indoors, mount the tree in a water-holding stand, and place away from any heat source, such as a radiator. Once


it is unwrapped, allow the branches to settle before decorating them. Keep the container regularly topped up with water, as the tree will consume a surprising amount. This will help it to maintain its sheen and needles.


Most local authorities run a tree recycling service, or members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association ( will recycle them free of charge. Alternatively, cut up the wood and season it for at least a year to use as firewood, or chip it to use on garden borders.


If a live tree to plant afterwards is what you’re looking for, go for a pot-grown version. For this, there are essentially three main types: BARE ROOT These are trees that have been prepared so that they can be dug up, ideally with a full root system. In practice, this is often difficult to do and, because they have no soil around the roots, the trees must be freshly harvested. Bare root trees still need potting up and, although they remain fresher than a cut tree, usually have only a slim chance of re-establishment if planted in the ground after Christmas. POTTED If you see trees described as ‘potted’, this simply means they have been lifted from the ground (usually as bare root stock) and plunged into a pot; the chances of root damage are high, and survival low. POT GROWN Having spent most, if not their entire, lifespan in a pot, these trees come with a good root system. As long as they are kept cool and the compost damp, they should survive the rigours of Christmas and are the best option if you intend to keep or establish them in the garden. They are usually quite small specimens (seldom more than one metre) and can be more expensive. As with any Christmas tree, delay as long as possible before bringing living trees indoors. Aim to keep them in the house for no longer than 12 days, but be guided by the tree – if it looks unhappy, then put it back outside. After Christmas, pot-grown trees can either be planted out with a very good chance of success, or left to grow on in the pot. If choosing the latter option, re-pot the tree into a larger pot in late winter, using a soilbased John Innes potting compost. This can be done annually, until the tree reaches the maximum size that can be moved comfortably. If planting the tree in the ground, acclimatise it first in a sheltered spot and keep it well watered. Most Christmas tree species ultimately grow to form very large specimens, frequently reaching a height of about 15-20m within 20 years.

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Nordmann fir

(Abies nordmanniana) Since the 1990s, the Nordmann fir, with its highly acclaimed ‘non-drop’ needles, has become the UK’s bestseller. It remains a more expensive option on account of the time it takes to grow, but with its citrus smell, and lovely soft needles, it is a great option for families with young children. The reliably triangular shape tends to be slightly more open and less dense than Norway spruce, so it is ideal for those who prefer baubles and other hanging decorations aplenty.

2 Norway spruce

(Picea abies) Although the Norway spruce accounts for just 10 to 15 per cent of UK sales, it remains the ‘traditional’ species for the British Christmas tree. Its triangular shape, dark green needles, gently drooping branches and distinctive ‘pine’ fragrance are the very essence of Christmas, and its dense bushy shape is excellent for decorating. It is also quite cheap when compared to other options. It does tend to shed its needles quite freely, however, particularly as the festive season progresses. Offset this by bringing it inside later than other varieties; keep it well watered and away from direct heat sources.


Blue spruce

(Picea pungens) Related to the Norway spruce, this is one of the most attractive Christmas trees, with a good natural shape, and distinguished by the striking bluegreen – sometimes almost electric blue – needles. These are very sharp, however, so take care when handling it. Although its foliage is slower to drop than that of the Norway spruce, it is not a non-drop option. It does have a wonderfully distinctive ‘pine’ scent, and is so attractive that it commands attention even before it has been decorated.

fir 4 Noble (Abies procera) Introduced into Britain in 1830, noble fir is a native of the forests of Washington and Oregon, where it grows to a great height. Although it is thick stemmed, which can make it difficult to use with a tree stand, it has lovely, well-spaced foliage.


Fraser fir

(Abies fraseri) A new entry to Christmas trees in the UK, the blue-green Fraser fir is very popular in the eastern United States, and its narrower shape makes it ideal for smaller spaces. With dense foliage, it’s not ideal for bauble devotees, but with a minimalist approach, and plain lights, it can make a wonderful centrepiece.

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Reclaim & reuse Unearth some hidden treasures for your home and be inspired by our salvage haul this month


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These days, Santa’s more likely to be guided by sat nav than tall chimneys – but a home without a hearth can be a cold place. If buying a reclaimed chimneypiece or fireplace, getting the detail right is essential, especially the proportions of the mantel and surround to the scale of the room and, for authenticity, the period style of the piece. Check the condition and the cost of restoration or replacement of missing parts, and also factor in the professional installation costs.

1. FLORID CHOICE This late-18th-century English chimneypiece of engraved slate, circa 1790, has a decorative frieze and jambs featuring tapering fluted pilasters. H125.5x W115.5xD11.5cm, £7,500, Nicholas Gifford-Mead (020 7736 0808; nicholas

2. SERPENTINE SHELF Circa 1745, this Louis XV Sarrancolin sculpted marble chimneypiece has consoleshaped jambs. H112.5xW146cm, it costs £8,000 from Jamb (020 7730 2122;

3. PERIOD CHARM Original cast-iron Victorian bedroom fireplace with fine detailing, fully restored and ready to fit. H103xW80cm, it costs £472.50 at Victorian Fireplace Store (0161 444 0921;

Diary date What Lincolnshire Antiques & Home Show When 30 November – 1 December Where Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln LN2 2NA Find Large and small reclaimed pieces for the house and garden feature at this international bimonthly event, with antique and vintage furniture, bric-a-brac, and pieces ready to be repurposed Details Monday: 8am–5pm, £20 per person (permits entry both days); Tuesday: 8am–5pm, £5 per person; under-16s free. (

Located in a 2,800-squaremetre warehouse near the centre of Bristol, at Robert Mills Architectural Antiques the focus is on the detailing. You’ll find exquisite carving, painted decoration and material combinations of fine craftsmanship from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some items are monumental in scale, but there are plenty of smaller features waiting for the right home, and good quality copies of originals. They also have the facilities to restore or adapt antique items for other uses. (0117 955 6542;

Spotted! Make your festive tableau the talk of the neighbourhood with this nativity figure of King Balthazar, one of the three magi, and the King of Tarse and Egypt, who presented the gift of myrrh to the infant Jesus. H53cm, it costs £54 at Church Antiques. (01932 252736; church DECEMBER 2015 149

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AG Hendy & Co Home Store 01424 447171 Abbott & Ellwood 01736 798598 Adventino 01529 307812 After Noah 020 7359 4281 Aga 0845 712 5207 Amara 0800 587 7645 Ancestral Collections 0844 482 2806 Andrew Lovatt Antiques 01782 636588 Annabel James 0345 548 0210 Annie Sloan 01865 713089 Anthropologie 00800 0026 8476 Antique Warehouse 01905 27493 Appley Hoare 020 7351 5206 Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair Argyle Canopies 01386 860929 Arthouse 01706 239623 Aston Matthews 020 7226 7220 Ayers & Graces 01582 536760


Baker Furniture Berry Red 0845 450 3937

BHS 0344 411 6000 Blackthorpe Barn 01359 270880 Blodwen 01239 710859 Bombki Braybrook & Britten 020 8993 7334 British Library 01937 546060 Burleigh 01773 740740


Catherine Tough 020 7729 2291 Celtic & Co 0844 557 8877 Celtic Beds 020 8144 5193 Cemmick & Wylder Chase & Wonder 01829 720011 The Chelsea Gardener 020 7352 5656 Chesney’s 020 7627 1410 Christopher Bigden Antiques 01728 860100 Clearview Stoves 01584 878100 The Cloth House 020 7437 5155 Cobwebs 01263 711955 Cole & Son 020 7376 4628 Colonial Soldier 020 8580 3945

The Contemporary Home 0845 130 8229 Cotswold Trading 01386 853331 Cox & Cox 0844 858 0744 Craycombe Farm Antiques & Interiors 01386 860555 Crow’s Hall Weddings and Events 01473 569568 Crown Crucial Trading 01562 743747 Cuckooland 01305 231231


David Moore Joinery 07785 542372 Debenhams 0844 800 8877 Delcor 01912 371303 Do South 020 8771 0500 Dobbies 0131 561 6406 Donna Wilson 020 7749 0768 Dotcomgiftshop 020 8746 2473


Ebay Elanbach 01543 410550 The English Shaving Company 0114 270 0322 Exclusive Mirrors 01709 477701


Fabrics & Papers 01273 495500

Farrrow & Ball 01202 876141 Fired Earth 0845 366 0400 Fortnum & Mason 020 7734 8040 Fred Aldous 0161 236 4224 The French Bedroom Company 01444 415430 Fritz Fryer 01989 567416


Garden Trading 0845 608 4448 George Home 0800 952 3003 Gifts & Plants 020 8144 4495 Gifts from Handpicked 0845 519 2408 Gisela Graham 020 7708 6396 GP & J Baker 020 7351 7760 Graham & Green 020 8987 3700 The Great English Outdoors 01497 821205 Gustavian 020 7060 2680


H&M Home Harlequin London 020 7384 1911 Harrods 020 3626 7020

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Stockists Heathcote & Ivory 020 7483 8383 Heather’s Soft Furnishings 01449 612502 Highland Angel 0131 661 4633 Highgrove 0333 222 4555 Hobbycraft 0330 026 1400 Homebase 0845 640 7135 Homewood Houses 01789 299500 House of Fraser 0345 602 1073 Houseology 0141 280 0498


Ian Mankin 020 7722 0997 Indigo & Rose 01628 531555 Ink & Fold


Jane Means 01522 522544 Joanna Wood 020 7730 5064 John Lewis 0345 604 9049 John Sankey 0115 946 2121 Julie Cartwright Antiques 01449 760585


Katie Alice Keith Gray Design 01376 324590 Khadi Papers 01243 535314


Lakeland 01539 488100 Laura Ashley 0333 200 8009 Le Creuset 0800 373 792 Lexington 0854 555 800 Liberty 020 7734 1234 The Linen Works 020 3744 1020 Linwood 01425 461176 Little Greene 0845 880 5855

Liv Trading 01386 791055 Live Laugh Love 01342 842599 Lottie’s Creative Living 01386 861896 Luck & Luck 01752 881930 LuxDeco 020 3586 1536


Mandarin Stone 01600 715444 Manuel Canovas 020 7318 6000 Stevenson Brothers 01233 820363 Marks & Spencer 0333 014 8000 Melin Tregwynt 01348 891225 Mews Antiques Emporium 01263 713224 MiaFleur 0116 298 6393 Multiyork 0333 358 3567


The National Gallery Company 020 7747 2870 National Portrait Gallery 020 7321 6624 The Natural Wood Floor Company 020 8871 9771 Neptune 01793 427450 Nicholas Jacob Architects 01473 221150 Nordic House 01872 223220 Not on the High Street


The Oak Room 01707 257175 Oficina Inglesa 020 7226 4569 Oka 0844 815 7380 Oliver Bonas 020 8974 0110 The Orchard 0845 643 0363 The Original Pop Up Shop 07967 344057 Osprey London 01582 877205


Paperchase 020 7467 6200 Peony & Thistle Pierre Frey 020 7376 5599 Pip Studio Plumb Center 0344 292 7057 Portmeirion 01782 744721 Poundland 0800 731 5622


Rangemaster 0800 804 6261 RE 01434 634567 Redloh House Fabrics 020 7371 7787 Rigby & Mac 020 8761 1011 Robert Bush Antiques 07836 236911 Rowen & Wren 01276 451077


Selfridges 0800 123 400 Shimu 0800 088 6800 Snelston Tweed 01335 346120 The Sofa & Chair Company 020 8752 8935 Sophie Conran 020 7603 1522 Steiff 020 8466 8444 Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers 01279 817778


Talking Tables 020 7627 6767 Tenterden Antiques and Silver Vaults 01580 765885 Titchmarsh & Goodwin 01473 252158


Vaughan Very 08448 222 321 Vintage French Volga Linen 01728 635020


Waitrose 0800 188 884 Ward Groceries 01728 860343

Waterford Stanley 01978 290865 Waterford Stanleigh stoves Watson & Watson 01335 347781   Wedgwood 01782 282651 The White Company 020 3758 9222  Wild & Wolf 01225 789909 Wilko 0800 032 9329 Winchester Tiles 01392 473005 Winchmore Kitchens 01905 27824 Within 020 7087 2900 The Wonderful Wood Company 020 3475 4098 The Worm that Turned 0345 605 2505 Wyevale Garden Centres 0344 272 3000


Zara Home

TERMS & CONDITIONS Prize competitions are open to UK residents aged 18 and over, except employees of Centaur Home Interest Media (Centaur), the prize supplier and their immediate families, and anyone else connected with the creation and administration of the promotion. Winners will be notified via post or email after the draw date. By entering the competition, the winner(s) consent(s) to any publicity generated as a result of the competition, and for this to be used on the Period Living website or within the magazine at any time. Text entries cost £1 plus network extras and all entrants must have the bill payer's permission. Any text received after 4pm on the stated closing date of the competition may be charged but won't be entered in the draw. The editor's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Prizes are non-transferable, nonnegotiable and no cash alternatives will be offered. Centaur and the prize supplier reserve the right to substitute the prize for another prize of equal value. Centaur reserves the right to withdraw any competition prize at any time without notice. Centaur is not responsible for incorrect prize details supplied by prize suppliers. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees to the terms of the privacy policy. In addition, Centaur may pass your personal information to the prize suppliers and their data processors if you are opted in to this service. Centaur will not accept responsibility for loss through technical fault, incomplete, illegible or other damaged entries. Proof of postage/entry will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Postal entries will not be accepted for online only competitions. The competition draw is held by Period Living, 2 Sugar Brook Court, Aston Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 3EX. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the Laws of England and shall be subject to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. DECEMBER 2015 151

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Antique Centres, fairs & Auctions All the events in the antiques world worth knowing about. To include a listing, call Emma Farrington on 020 7970 4421 or email


Keep history alive – come and join B2B Events in Kent, Worcestershire, Birmingham or Edinburgh. Coming up are :8 November - Malvern Antiques & Collectors Fair at the Three Counties Showground. Malvern, Worcs WR13 6NW: Up to 200 exhibitors in one hall – good antiques & collectables. Don’t miss the area dedicated to art in the Linden Suite at this month’s event. Early Entry 8.30am - £4. Public 10am-4pm £3

1 Edinburgh Antiques & Collectors Fair

5 Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show

9 Midland Furniture Auctions

7 Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair 3 Runway Monday at Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair 4 Derby Roundhouse Antiques & Collectors Fair

8 Fellows Auctioneers

12 NEW! Borderville Centre (Stamford) Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair

1 Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair 6 Shepton Mallet Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

10 Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair 2 Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair

3 Runway Monday at Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair

The Runway, adjacent to Newark Air Museum, Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground NG24 2NY The runway fair provides a timely burst of vintage shopping between the huge Newark events at the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground. Monday 9 November Monday 7 March 01636 702326

21 & 22 November - Edinburgh Antiques & Collectors Fair at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB: Up to 200 dealers in one hall. Saturday Early Entry 8am-10am £6. Public 10am-4.30 £4. Sunday 10am-4pm £4. Good antiques, vintage, retro and collectables., twitter @b2bfairs or 01636-676531 for further information

2 Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair

South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL A cosmopolitan fair with a wonderful choice of goods. Hundreds of stalls house everything from furniture and paintings to textiles and vintage clothing. Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 November Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 January 01636 702326

4 Derby Roundhouse Antiques & Collectors Fair 14 November, 2015

The Roundhouse is a Grade II* listed building, built in 1839. It is the world’s first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse - a spectacular setting for an antiques fair! Our fair is held in a series of beautiful historic buildings - a unique venue - a venue of true international quality in the heart of the UK. The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE Tel. 01332 830444

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5 Antiques and Home Show

Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA Attracting visitors from all four corners of the world, this large-scale show has become an unmissable buying opportunity for collectors, retail buyers, interior designers, setdesigners, props buyers, landscape architects, restauranteurs and those passionate about creating a stylish living space. Monday 30 November & Tuesday 1 December, 8am–5pm. Mondays £20 (inclues Tuesday entry). Tuesdays £5.

6 Shepton Mallet Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN

Favoured by interiors professionals, this weekend fair will not disappoint you, as quality items are available in quantity here. Friday 13 - Sunday 15 November Friday 15 - Sunday 17 January 01636 702326, 01298 27493

7 Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair

Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY Europe’s largest antiques event lives up to its reputation as the place to come. A vast 84 acre site offers every kind of product imaginable. Thursday 3 & Friday 4 December Thursday 4 & Friday 5 February 01636 702326

9 Midland Furniture Auctions Midland Furniture Auctions holds one of the UK’s biggest weekly furniture auctions. Every Wednesday their salerooms are packed with the latest ranges and types of furniture. Bidders can expect choice at great prices. Located off the M1 (J28) near Alfreton, Derbyshire. 10 Grange Close, Clover Nook Industrial Park, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4QT.

Call 01773 832 555

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Holding over 120 auctions a year for Jewellery, Watches & Antiques in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Visit to view the full auction calendar, and for more information about free valuations. Jewellery Quarter Saleroom Augusta Street, Birmingham B18 6JA Mayfair London Office 2nd Floor, 3 Queen Street, W1J 5PA 0121 212 2131

10 Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7NY London’s largest Sunday antiques fair features hundred of stalls, a pop-up vintage fair and complimentary evaluations. Sunday 6 December Sunday 7 February 01636 702326

12 NEW! Borderville Centre (Stamford) Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair

The Borderville Centre, Ryhall Road, Stamford,Lincolnshire Tel. 07772 349431. 15 November, 2015 NEW! 1 Day Antiques & Collectors Fair in the delightful town of Stamford. Field Dog Fairs are delighted to be holding our Winter Stamford events in this NEW state of the art sports hall. Up to 60 stalls in a bright and airy hall, with flat unloading, hot & cold refreshments in a gallery café overlooking the fair. Open 9.30am - 4.00pm £2.50 Entry (acc under 16 FREE). No dogs permitted at this venue. NOTE to STALLHOLDERS there will be NO CAR BOOT SALES operating at this venue on the same days of our Antiques Fairs. DECEMBER 2015 155

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Finesse Fine Pewter Hardware’s manufacturing process combines modern automated processes with traditional hand finishing skills. Genuine Pewter does not require varnish or plating. Our product has a naturally ageing Patina that is unique to the ancient art of Pewter making. T:01207 500050 E:

Logs Direct have combined years of experience in fire wood manufacturing to become one of the leading suppliers of carbon neutral fuels (wood logs – wood pellets) in the UK. Not only can you be sure of a good price and good quality but you can be reassured that by buying Log direct products you are also doing your bit for the environment. Our kilns are fired with renewable biomass a fuel which reduces environmental impact. 01524 812476

Coromandel is a long-established company with an excellent reputation for offering exclusive, hand-embroidered crewel fabric of outstanding quality at an affordable price. We aim to provide discerning clients with elegant and luxurious fabrics, which will add an instant and timeless appeal to the design scheme in any home. 0118 979 6222

Bromleighs offer an extensive range of switches and electrical accessories to suit both period and contemporary interiors. Their Forged and Profile Collections are hand-made at their workshop in Cornwall, using inserts manufactured here in the UK. The Hardwood, Bakelite and Period Switch collections are made with British Oak which is hand-stained and waxed. Recent installations include a Chateau in France and the extensive refurbishment of an Irish Castle. Bromleighs also offer a wide range of interior and exterior lighting and architectural hardware. For a current brochure or further information, please call the team on 01208 79490 or

Discover a treasure trove of vintage, new and antique finds, for you, your home and garden. We’re a lovely day out in Surrey, eccentric in a quaint, English way. Explore three wonderful floors of nooks and crannies, which are packed full of beautiful and unusual things. Browse, lunch and shop!

AGA Stoves has launched the highly impressive Ellesmere family of wood burning stoves. This new range consists of three models which fuse on-trend contemporary styling, such as large flame pictures and clean, elegant lines, with solid performance and excellent reliability.

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Fireguards for log burners Why not invest in a British made fireguard for your wood burning stove this Christmas? Handmade by Garden Requisites in Bath, Somerset these traditional fireguards will enhance any fireplace. Prices start at £275, mail order and made to measure service available

The new Spectra SP462 Double Door Recess option from Aqata features hinged inward opening doors allowing easy access to the shower. Characterized by 8mm toughened clear glass and polished chrome finish profiles, it offers a simple and practical solution allowing a maximum showering area where space is limited. For stockists contact Aqata. Tel. 01455 896 500 Email.

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Discover The Anstey Single arm with Victorian Amber Etched Shade

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Alan & Polly Harrison are direct importers of beautiful hand woven rugs from around the world. We cater for all budgets, small or large and offer the best value you can get. We offer a try at home service so you can be sure to get exactly what you want at an affordable price.

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Stocking the largest selection of original encaustic, geometric and reclaimed quarry tiles in the country.

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for sales/enquiries or FREE brochure call - 01423 500442

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Huge selection of beautiful Antique Bedsteads • Range of mattresses and linen The Old Holme School, Crabtree Lane, Headley, Hampshire GU35 8QH Tel 01428 717000 Free brochure on request

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A Clearview is not just for Christmas! A Clearview wood burning stove will enrich your life. Its dancing flames behind crystal clear glass and the natural warmth that comes from wood are so special your spirits will be lifted not only at Christmas but throughout the year. British designed and built, they are considered by many to be the finest available.

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45 St James Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JR Tel 01823 277188 Email

Very competitive rates for all grades of listed properties. All types of construction covered e.g Timber Framed, Cob, Lathe & Plaster Etc. Policies can be written with agreed value and no under-insurance clause. Where required Policyholders will be provided with a free survey and qualified advice on rebuilding costs. This in cludes risk improvements and recommendations where required and a written report. (Subject to sum insured). Cover is also available for let properties, occupied and properties undergoing minor works. For full details of the schemes please telephone, email to or obtain further details and a quotation request form at If telephoning please ask for Jason Mayled, Andy Conduit or Judy Brown.



Suppliers of Original Cast Iron Radiators & Traditional Valves & Fittings

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SOLUTIONS FOR FIRES THAT SMOKE Give your room the beautiful open fire it deserves. Our wood-burning convection fire allows you to design a unique period-style open fire for your home with confidence, because it’s HETAS approved and won’t smoke. Includes fire, canopy, dog irons and grate. Problem chimney? Thatched property? Call 01905 820181 to find out how our fires can help.






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From weavers’ co-op, Kerala.

“Top quality reasonably priced!” Curtains, blinds and pelmets etc made to measure & installed. Thousands of fabrics, poles etc.

Tough, good-looking floormats, 100% coir

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Handmade bathrooms directly from our factory

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Our 100% coir mats are woven tight for maximum durability, and are made to 5 sizes on the loom with proper finishing around all four edges to ensure significant structural advantage. Not cut from rolls, and free from rubber backing or fabric edging (lets stone floors «breathe»), ours is exceptional coir unique to us. Order online.


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Freedom. That’s the inspiration 20/08/2015 driving our latest invention. Freedom and versatility. The ESSE EL 13Amp is a robust, cast iron range cooker that can be fitted wherever there’s a 13Amp electric source.

6ft £85

Nutscene (1922) Ltd, Forfar, Angus DD8 2RG

7ft £88

The EL 13Amp retails from £6,175 inc. VAT

Ideal for hallways, kitchens, workrooms, playrooms, garden rooms – COIR (from the husks of coconuts) is the most robust natural fib for floormats. Looks fibre good too!


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a delicious

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My vintage world


The co-founder of homeware store RE shares her festive tips and traditions

ABOVE, FROM TOP Jenny founded RE in 2003 with business partner Simon Young; Green Pastures, the retired 1954 fishing trawler she shares with husband Alan; her treasured silver-topped Edwardian sporran

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE MIDDLE Vintage blown-glass baubles in assorted sizes and designs, £3 each; RE’s glass ball decorations, £3.25 each, can be filled with small treats; its vintage sleds cost from £45; charmed decoration, £4.50; inside RE’s store in Corbridge, Northumberland



nce the RE store is closed on Christmas Eve and everything has calmed down, I really get into the spirit – although we start designing and buying for the next year in January. I spend Christmas Day at home in Northumberland with my husband Alan and our gorgeous cats, Pixie and Bobble, who always refuse to wear their Santa hats! It’s lovely and peaceful; eating roast goose with all the trimmings is our tradition and, of course, watching the Queen’s speech. Every year I go on a Christmas shopping trip with my friends. So far our destinations have included Hong Kong, Mexico, New York and Marrakech, but we started it all off a few years ago with a day trip to Harrogate. Wherever we go, we do research beforehand to search out local products and markets, so we can bring back a unique selection of items that give a flavour of that particular place. My advice for Christmas shopping is to seek out the unusual and to buy things when you see them – don’t leave it to the last minute. Also, use clever, inspirational wrapping, as presentation is really important. The best vintage present I ever received was a fabulous silver-topped Edwardian sporran that Alan bought me on our first Christmas together – it’s one of my most treasured possessions. I don’t go wild with decorations, but at home I have a wall covered in antique French mirrors and frames, which add twinkle in candlelight. Living in the countryside also means there’s lots of holly and ivy, which can be used to create a natural, seasonal look. The most popular Christmas decorations we sell at RE are the vintage blown-glass baubles, which are getting harder to find, and our glass-lidded balls, which can be personalised with contents, such as sweets, ribbons, feathers or chocolate coins. This year we also have a range of handmade charmed decorations, which are colourful, fun and gorgeous. When I’m not working or sourcing items, I love to stay on our 1954 fishing trawler, which used to be the post boat to the Isle of Arran. We keep it on the west coast, which is an hour and a half away. It’s a home away from home.

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