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and hedging frame works of art in this distinctive garden that enjoys year-round beauty.

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*112 CONTEMPORARY DESIGN How a cleverly extended Danish summer house now offers a sleek, light-filled space for family entertaining.


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*55 THE FESTIVE HOME Burnished gold

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*78 IN SEASON Dress the exterior of your home

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17 H&G EDIT Events, shopping, gardening and style ideas, plus the latest news from the design world. 37 TRAVEL Designer Justin Van Breda reveals his secret address book for those visiting Cape Town.

39 MOVERS & SHAKERS Susie Reid Thomas tells us about her illuminated trees for use indoors and out.

*175 SUGAR & SPICE Alice Hart’s delightful sweet baked treats to enjoy at home or give as thoughtful handmade gifts.

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134 KITCHEN Classic cabinetry and striking marble combine with antiques in this character-filled room. 148 LIVING ROOM Chic furnishings and edgy

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150 BATHROOM Exotic wallpaper and rich materials give the feel of a boutique hotel.


154 BEDROOM The imagined escapades of a great aunt were the starting point for this daring scheme. *161 CREATIVE LOOKS FOR THE TREE Our gallery of inspired decorating ideas that will make your Christmas tree stand out from the crowd. 171 ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your queries. SHOPPING

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1| A sophisticated take on the disco ball.

Mirror ball lights in Gold, from diam25cm, from £285 each, Tom Dixon, 020 3696 4950,


2| Make a delicate yet distinctive display. Alina decorative feather, L19cm, £2.95, House Envy, 01656 863412,

3| For Christmas lists, notes or doodles.

Mirabella lambskin journal, 18x13cm, £35, Not on the High Street, 0845 259 1359,

4| An everyday item is given cutting-edge style. Iron and brass-plated scissors, L18cm, £11.50, House Doctor at Sisters Guild,


5| Chic tags for presents and parcels.

Geometric gift tags, £6 set of nine, Ferm Living, 0045 7022 7523,

6| Bring a sense of occasion to festive meals. Gold-dipped cutlery, £32 for five-piece set, Anthropologie, 020 7870 4821,


7| Perfect for adding a glamorous note.

Foil-dipped cushion in Gold, 45cm sq, £50, Kelly Hoppen, 020 3701 9333,

8| Textured concrete meets smooth gold.


Dipped concrete vase in Gold, H20xdiam6cm, £14.50, Cox & Cox, 0844 858 0744,

9| A classic piece with a contemporary twist.

Drip Tease milk jug in Gold, H9xdiam6.5cm, £16.50, Reiko Kaneko, 01782 311668,

10| Lends a warm glow whether lit or not.

Dip-dyed candle, £12.95 set of four, Mia Fleur, 0116 298 6393, Ilse candle holder, H3.5xdiam17cm, £85, Georg Jensen, 020 7499 6541,


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ON THE RIGHT LINES A contemporary take on traditional Christmas style, stripes are the perfect partner for eclectic tableware. Linum’s cotton Core tablecloth in Dark Charcoal Grey, 170x250cm, £99, and matching runner, 45x150cm, £25, create a bold statement for festive tables. Contact 01491 571880,

GREEN WITH ENVY Your front door is sure to be the most glamorous in the neighbourhood with this limited-edition festive wreath, diam46cm, which combines mistletoe and fragrant eucalyptus. It costs £95 and is available online from 1 November at Jo Malone London,, and through the new boutique on London’s Regent Street.

Interior designer Nina Campbell will be among the celebrity readers at a carol concert at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea on 8 December in aid of Place2Be, the UK school-based children’s mental health charity. Tickets cost £30 for adults and include free entry for one child (additional children cost £15 each). To book, visit

KEEPING THEM SWEET The chocolate treats of the future have arrived! These charming, gold-dusted robots, £7.50 for six, from Chococo, 01929 421777,, are made from 43 per cent Venezuelan milk chocolate and come in their own metal capsule.

OCH AYE THE BREW Where does the best tea in the world grow? Not Sri Lanka or China, as it turns out, but the Scottish Highlands. The awardwinning Dalreoch Single Estate Scottish Smoked White Tea, from £35 for 15g, grown in Perthshire by The Wee Tea Company, 07860 933832,, will make the perfect gift for tea lovers.

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BOX OF DELIGHTS The Applique Radieuse wall lampshade from Paris-based designer Sarah Lavoine hits the geometric trend beautifully, as if Mondrian had developed a taste for sorbet tones. The cotton shades come in two sizes: H12xW25xD12cm, €115 and H36xW25xD12cm, €155, and in blue, pink, green or orange. Contact 01 42 96 34 35,

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3 OF THE BEST CRACKERS 1| Hand-decorated ceramic gifts with 22-carat gold detail. Rory Dobner crackers, £350 for six, Fortnum & Mason, 020 7734 8040, fortnumand

2| A selection of luxury gifts in marbled and gold designs. Marbles crackers, £65 for six, Selfridges, 0800 123400,


3| Spread some Christmas joy with these bright, sparkly crackers. Neon Fringe crackers, £17.50 for six, Meri Meri at SCP, 020 7739 1869,

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DESIGN EYE BARBARA CHANDLER Homes & Gardens’ design correspondent debates the importance of function over form in product design Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to design, it seems there is a bit more to it than that. An intriguing survey has shown that the more beautiful we consider an object, the more we anticipate that it will function well. Conversely, if a product’s function proves unsatisfactory, we then see it as less beautiful. These findings are from research commissioned by bathroom brand Ideal Standard, which describes it as “a neuro-scientific study into how the brain perceives and interprets beauty.” A combination of EEG scans and online responses found there was a conflict (measured by electrical activity) when the brain had to reconcile a product it found aesthetically pleasing with the fact that it performed poorly. Researchers from Mindlab, a leading agency in Brighton, have termed this clash of feelings as “aesthetic dissonance” and their findings have been analysed by neuroscientist Dr Jack Lewis. “In simple terms, if a beautiful object lets us down, we may not consider it beautiful anymore,” he explains. Dick Powell, from one of Britain’s best-known design consultancies, Seymourpowell, goes on to say, “Designers have always intuitively understood this principle, but now it’s been established scientifically. This knowledge should drive the design industry forward to create products that work just as beautifully as they look.” Indeed, function must follow form. So where does that leave the triffid-like Juicy Salif lemon squeezer designed by Philippe Starck? Notoriously, it does not squeeze lemons very well, yet it has captured the imagination of a generation of design buffs and is now happily celebrating its 25th anniversary. A limited edition of 299 in bronze at £850 each sold out, while squeezers in white and the original stainless steel cost Juicy Salif just £49. Ironically, its citrus manufacturer Alessi has just squeezer in White, £49, published a 25th anniversary Alessi, 020 catalogue titled 25 years 7518 9091, without squeezing a lemon.

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STANDING THE TEST OF TIME Fans of the bold British style epitomised by iconic designer David Hicks will love the Benson sofa (above), created in the Seventies for Parker & Farr and now reissued to mark the brand’s 65th birthday. It measures H74xW213xD84cm and costs £4,068. Contact Parker & Farr, 020 7736 1310,

This festive season, take a trip back to a time when train travel was rather more glamorous. Board the historic steam-hauled Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria, sip Champagne in its vintage carriages, then settle in for a leisurely five-course lunch while taking in views of the wintery countryside. From £415 per person. Contact 0845 077 2222,


Whether your home is period or contemporary, the new collection of fire surrounds by Eric Cohler for Chesney’s, 020 7627 1410,, will have something to suit your style. The Griffin (shown here), 112x147cm, £5,940, is made in petite granite with strong fossil markings and a polished-steel finish.

TREASURE HUNTING The global, artisanal homewares collections from online store Nkuku are now available in the brand’s first lifestyle shop and cafe, housed in restored historic barns near Totnes in Devon. As well as its own ranges, the store will be a showcase for antique, one-off and unusual pieces from around the world. Contact 01803 866847,


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For garden designers, landscape architects and professionals looking to expand their skills and expertise, the London College of Garden Design, 01483 762955,, has a new six-month planting design certiďŹ cate course based at Kew. Tutors include nurserywoman Rosy Hardy, ornamental grass specialist Neil Lucas and Tony Kirkham, curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, who will be exploring core planting skills and garden style through lectures, workshops and garden visits. The 15-week course, held on Thursdays and Fridays, starts in January 2016 and costs ÂŁ5,995.



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JOIN THE CLUB There’s an exotic mood to French Connection’s latest furniture collection, which features polished mango wood and soft, textural upholstery in neutral hues. Its debonair Club chairs, H75xW71xD70cm, £495 each, are the perfect partners to the Gunmetal coffee table, H35x diam100cm, £380, which blends Japanese and industrial style, while the alcoves of the sleek Married bookshelf, H170xW60x D30cm, £285, can be easily adjusted to suit your needs. Contact 0333 400 3285,

A CUT ABOVE Any cook would be delighted to receive this Chef knife set, £100 for three, from Fate London, The exquisite handmade designs have beautifully marbled Damascus steel blades, brass trims and handles crafted from olive wood, horn and bone.

ON THE BOOKSHELF The pursuit of classical perfection is the focus of architectural historian Jeremy Musson’s new book, The Country House Ideal, £40, published by Merrell, 020 7928 8880,, with photography by Paul Barker. The 19 English and Scottish houses in a range of historical styles are all by Adam Architecture, which specialises in balancing traditional techniques with the comforts of modern life, energy conservation, technology and sustainability.


Christopher Howe was so inspired by a treasured book of antique linen chintz samples, he dedicated an entire fabric collection to the exquisite florals, geometrics and paisley patterns. Printed in Lancashire on linen, Thimble Prints consists of eight beautiful designs, including (clockwise, from top left) Folies Bergère in Ermine, Knurl in Brick, Rambling Rose in Mauve and Cypress in Cocoa, all 140cm wide, £102m. Contact Howe at 36 Bourne Street, 020 7730 7991,


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PLAYING TAG Finish presents in a cheery fashion with these Nutcracker character gift tags, £5 for six, from Meri Meri, 01242 575868,

STAR GAZING This beautiful solid-brass Star topper, 30x20cm, by Ferm Living, is sure to add an elegant finishing touch to your tree. It costs £42 at CPHDeluxe, 0800 808 5115,


Taking its name from the French word for ribbon, the new Rubans silk bedlinen collection from Gingerlily, 0343 216 9902, gingerlily., will lend a glamorous mood to the bedroom. Made from Mulberry silk and a silk/cotton mix, each yarn is individually dyed and then woven on a jacquard loom. The range is available in Gold and Sage (above) and costs from £28 for a 40cm sq pillowcase.

Covering carnivorous Christmas needs in one fell swoop, new online artisan butcher, Meat Porter,, brings high-quality meat and poultry direct to your kitchen. The site features simple drag-and-drop ordering and next-day delivery is free across the UK.

BEST BAR NONE We’ve loved Richard Brendon’s bone-china tea and tableware for years. Now the British designer has moved into new territory with this glamorous lead crystal Diamond barware collection, which costs from £40 for a shot glass (above left), and is made by craftspeople in the Czech Republic. We’re picturing cosying up in a wingback chair with a fine malt whisky. Contact 020 8962 8924,

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GRAPHIC STYLE Eye-catching but not overbearing, this Reeds Reverso wallpaper, 150cm wide, £79m, by Virginia White Collection at Redloh House fabrics, 020 7371 7787, redlohhousefabrics. com, is inspired by constructivist art. It’s available in Hunting Green, Flame, Stone Blue, Yellow and Green (not shown).




Visit Neptune’s London store on 26 November and discover how to transform your home for Christmas


or those in search of creative finishing touches to turn their home into the perfect place to entertain family and friends this Christmas, look no further than Neptune’s impressive new Chiswick store. From 11am to 8pm on 26 November, Homes & Gardens readers visiting the shop will be treated to a wealth of Christmas decorating ideas, including floral displays and stylish gift-wrapping.

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decorating throughout the day. Q Complimentary gift wrap on in-store buys. Q Neptune gift with in-store purchases worth over £100 made on the day. Q Gift bags for Homes & Gardens readers who sign up to the VIP list by 16 November at A full schedule of events will be emailed out to those on the VIP list before the 26 November. Q Neptune Chiswick, 305/307 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH.

Demonstrations at the Chiswick store will include ideas on how to make the most of festive entertaining and winter foliage.



Be the best guest ever, by arriving with your own smart and cosy sleeping bag. Filled with PrimaLoft insulation and lined in soft cotton sheeting, the Iris Pinstripe indoor sleeping bag costs £150 from The Good Guest Company, 01264 731500,

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AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Crafted in Vermont for Ralph Lauren, this Bennington tableware has a rustic chic with enduring appeal. Pitcher, H19cm, £90; bowl, H11xdiam37cm, £110. Contact 020 7535 4600,

ONE TO WATCH VOLTA CEILINGS Thierry Thenaers (left) and Eddy Dankers are reviving the classical art form of painted ceiling canvases Thierry, what’s your background? After graduating from the Van Der Kelen Logelain School in trompe l’oeil techniques and then training in Florence as a painter at Palazzo Spinelli, I began painting huge canvases for set designers in the opera. The scale of the canvases stayed with me, especially their potential for interiors projects where they can be fitted seamlessly to ceilings or walls. What is special about this technique and the result it gives? The technique enables us to undertake any bespoke project, as we magnify or adapt the given design and then transpose it to the canvas. Working worldwide, our pieces are hand-painted on fire-retardant canvases as large as 12x60m. Once the canvas is painted, our specialised team can fit it on site in one day. The advantages of painting on canvas, rather than on the ceiling, include short lead times, no need to accommodate craftspeople and mess in

your home for long periods, ideal working conditions for the artists and, as the canvas won’t crack, no need for touch-ups. What kinds of projects have you undertaken? We mainly work on residential and hospitality projects, but with our experience in set design we also carry out restorations, including the stage curtain for the Royal Opera of Versailles; that was my favourite project, without a doubt. What are your future plans? We want to alter the received wisdom of the last onehundred years, whereby ceilings have been neglected as a decorative opportunity. We’ve widened the appeal of painted canvases by creating contemporary designs in modern colours, as well as more classical works. Through new techniques, including virtual reality visualisation, clients are able to see how the final result will look before they order. Volta Ceilings, 020 3416 6754,

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Celebrating the beauty of British wood, these turned decorations, H5cm, £9 each, by Sebastian Cox at Heal’s, 020 7896 7451,, are made from oak, chestnut, ash, elm and walnut. Mix with white porcelain pieces for a charming, pared-back tree.

If you enjoy the smell of a freshly cut fir tree, then take a look at ScentSicles, £6 for six, from John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, johnlewis. com, which are infused with fir fragrance and can be hung discreetly on your faux tree.


Featuring a sophisticated palette of navy blues and rich reds, the Britannia collection is the latest offering from Ian Mankin’s Lancashire mills. The fabrics come in the company’s signature stripes, checks and plains, including Dunoon in Dark Navy, £49.50m, and Campbell Union in Peony, £39.50m, shown here as stylish napkins and place mats, perfect for a festive table. Contact 020 7722 0997,


Graphic statement style for cool interiors RIGHT Polar Bear porcelain plate set, dinner plate, diam27cm; dessert plate, diam21cm, €135, Tes-Ted X Esprit Porcelaine, BELOW LEFT Mountain Moon woven cushion, 48cm sq, £65, Donna Wilson, 020 7749 0768, BELOW RIGHT Polar Bear cashmere travel blanket, 80x200cm, £550, Montesogno, 020 7117 2595,


CAST MASTERS Since 2011, Chisel & Mouse, 01273 251335,, has been recreating buildings in plaster. Its latest architectural icon is the limited-edition St Paul’s Cathedral, H30xdiam20cm, £325, which comes in a glass dome.

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in bloom at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. 3| Cape Point. 4| Kitchenalia store at the Old Biscuit Mill. 5| Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen. 6 & 7| A suite and balcony at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, known locally as the Pink Lady owing to its candy-coloured exterior.






Interior designer Justin Van Breda shares his favourite attractions, from the vineyards of Constantia and seaside harbour of Kalk Bay to the city’s fine dining options and design-led stores



I love a quiet experience that is relaxed and casual, so The Bay Hotel,, just across from Camps Bay Beach, fits the bill perfectly. Rooms have simple wood furnishings and pared-back décor and doubles cost from £161 a night with breakfast. For classic luxury and colonial style, you can’t beat the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, belmond. com, at the foot of Table Mountain. Rooms cost from £208 a night with breakfast. The Alphen,, is a boutique hotel on a 17th-century estate in the Constantia Valley and has 19 individually decorated suites, from £130 a night with breakfast.


Cape Town is my hometown and when I return I always head off the beaten track with my foodie friends. I like to go to The Pot Luck Club,, which offers great South African fusion food. It has a cool industrial interior, coastal views and a buzzy open-plan kitchen. For delicious calamari, visit the Chapmans Peak Hotel,, which overlooks the beach at Hout Bay. Other winners are Harbour House,, in Kalk Bay for fresh seafood in an al fresco setting and the tapas at Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen,


Shopping for interiors here is always fun. I like to browse the boutiques in the Gardens district of the city. There are also lovely vintage shops in Kalk Bay and plenty of creative craft stores in Woodstock’s Old Biscuit Mill, In the city centre, one of my favourite stores is Chandler House, chandler, which is full of unusual ceramics, linens and accessories. I also make a beeline for Weylandts,, for its earthy furniture with an African twist, while Resort Lifestyle,, in the Cape Quarter is filled with interesting, bright items.



A trip to the Cape is not complete without riding the Flying Dutchman funicular railway to the end of Cape Point, capepoint. The peninsula has some wonderful vineyards and wine experiences, too. My favourite, just 20 minutes from the city, is the Steenberg wine cellar,, with its wonderful tasting menu and extensive wine selection. At this time of year, another highlight for me is the Carols by Candlelight concert in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Held on the Sunday before Christmas, it really kicks off the holiday season.

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SUSIE REID THOMAS From her studio in Hampshire, the founder of Twilight Trees offers illuminated designs that bring a touch of magic to gardens, interiors and special occasions WORD S EM M A J PAGE P H OTOGRA P H S A LU N CA L L E N D E R

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rawing on her creative background and eye for sculptural design, Susie Reid Thomas set up Twilight Trees in 2013 to provide beautiful, life-like LED-lit trees in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes. Used either as a permanent installation or to enhance a party or special event, the trees add an enticing decorative touch both inside and out. Can you tell us about your background? My family is very entrepreneurial; both my father and brother run their own businesses. I have always loved design and graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2000 with a degree in fashion communication and promotion. For a while I ran my own PR company, specialising in luxury goods. Then, after having our two boys, Alistair, now eight, and Rory, four, my husband and I decided to leave London for a more rural setting in Winchester. It was an ideal time for me to return to my creative roots and I started by producing sculptures out of polished cow horns from a workshop at home.

How does the lighting work? The trees are lit from a power source running from the mains via a transformer up the trunk and then into multiple wires for a magical, twinkling effect. We use the highest quality LEDs so that when the tree is switched on, you see each individual bulb sparkle rather than a bright blur. There are several sizes available, ranging from modest 1.5-metretall trees, which look great in large pots, to 3-metre options, which make a big impact when placed at a venue or in a garden. Can the trees be displayed outside year round? As with a living tree that you expect to see all year and in different seasons, our trees look natural and inconspicuous as a permanent feature. We often provide trees for people who want to complement an area of their garden and subtly draw attention to it with illumination. Other clients might have a tree that has died and want to replace it with a mature plant, so our trees provide a light-hearted twist. They look enticing on urban terraces as well as being extremely energy efficient. They are also beautiful at summer weddings and festivals.

How did the idea for Twilight Trees come about? The business started by accident. A couple of years ago, I was in Hong Kong when I came across the trees and fell in love with them. I had been looking for something sculptural to place in our courtyard but, as a light source, the trees were practical as well as decorative and had a mesmerising effect, rather like staring at an open fire. I had a feeling that with a few tweaks, such as altering the colour warmth of the LEDs, they could fill a gap in the market. Friends and family soon started buying them from me and so the business was born.

How can the trees be incorporated into a decorative Christmas scheme? At this time of year we bring our trees inside, where we decorate them with glass and mirror ornaments. Christmas is a busy period for us – the trees lend themselves very well to being a contemporary alternative to traditional options. They provide a warm light and a festive sparkle, can be easily decorated as they don’t get hot, and they don’t drop pine needles on the floor unlike Christmas trees. They are also wonderful for events and parties, because they produce a welcoming brightness that is neither unnatural nor harsh.

Where and how are the trees made? Each tree takes about five days to make; the trunk of each piece is formed from a steel frame with a resin coating, which is sculpted to give a realistic quality to the bark and spray-painted by hand for a convincing finish. The core structure is comprised of several easily transportable sections that we put together before the branches are attached. These finer twigs contain the LEDs, which are set in the centre of each cherry blossom or at the bases of the maple leaves.

Tell us about a typical day. As with everyone who runs a small business, my days are incredibly varied. My studio is an outbuilding at home and I tend to work in two chunks of time – the first when the children are at school and the second after they have gone to bed. I try to fit in a quick run in the mornings, which helps me plan the day ahead. Since starting the business, I’ve become physically stronger as well as a good electrician. I work with a small team of people with specialised skills, some of

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whom help me manoeuvre the heavier trees. One day I might be wearing my hi-vis jacket collecting shipments and lugging trees around on a trolley (fortunately, as we live in the countryside, we have plenty of space to store the trees for buying or rental); at other times, I am curating the trees at a glamorous event. Often I’ll collaborate with other designers, florists or individuals. Can you describe some recent projects? We are very excited to be providing the Christmas decorations for the Burlington Arcade in Mayfair this year, featuring a staggered line of trees on plinths running the entire length of the gallery, which looks amazing. Each occasion is a highlight for different reasons, from smaller, cosy family parties to grand events such as the recent Bond Street opening of Patek Philippe watches at Somerset House, which provided a breathtaking backdrop for the trees. We’ve also collaborated with luxury furniture brand Linley and hotels including The Ritz, the Four Seasons and Chewton Glen in Hampshire. How has the business evolved? Initially, my aim was to sell the trees, but the rental market has since been the main driver of growth. Typically, clients who are hosting a party or wedding want to rent multiple trees, which is a cost-effective option, plus we can help to create optimal design impact. We deliver, set up and return the trees after the event, which has proved popular. Why do you think the trees are so appealing? They are very versatile and provide an affordable way to make a big impression. The trees can be used to frame an entrance to a house, hotel or marquee, to create walkways or to cast light into a dark corner. To me, they are as captivating as a good sunset; they provide a full 3D experience, which helps to make them unique. What are your future plans? I’d like to continue to grow the business and increase its diversity. It would be great to become the go-to specialist in the UK for LED trees. Twilight Trees, The Courtyard, Northfields, Fair Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HF, 01962 877644, By appointment only.



of 3m Grande Twilight Trees framing the entrance of a client’s house, complemented by a 2m tree in the hall, offers an enticing welcome to visitors; an energy-efficient warm white LED is embedded in the centre of each blossom; the 3m lollipop cherry trees lining this avenue are the same design featured in the striking decoration of London’s Burlington Arcade for the Christmas season this year.


The realistic autumncoloured maple leaves

are subtly lit by LEDs at their bases; viewed through a dining room window, a 3m lollipop cherry tree brings a warm glow to the garden at dusk; maple trees are available in a variety of finishes, including autumn and green, shown here, as well as contemporary black and radiant white. RIGHT Cherry trees set at either side of the door create a wash of soft light across the rear façade of this house; with its sculptural frame and sparkling blossom, this single cherry tree makes a dramatic focal point in an entrance hall.




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Looking for something a little more original? Then take inspiration from our choice of favourite festive buys guaranteed to please family and friends of all ages

Jazz patterned wrapping papers in Mustard and Black, £3 a sheet, Esme Winter. Hand-marbled paper, £20 a sheet, Green & Stone. Grosgrain ribbon in Old Gold, 2.5cm wide, £2.85m; Ribbon 10120 col 20, 2.5cm wide, 95p per m; both VV Rouleaux. Silver metallic tissue paper, £1.75 for three sheets, Paperchase.


Billy tray in Bolero, 27x20cm, £594.15, Oomph at Nina Campbell.

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Stacked porcelain tortoise lamp base in Cream, H55x W18xD18cm, £395; Pampas Daley lampshade in White/ Cerulean, H27xW40x D24cm, £125; both House of Hackney.

Brass and glass carafe, H17xdiam8cm, £29; Brass and glass tumblers, H7xdiam7cm, £15 each; all Rockett St George.



Decorative pieces and stylish finds that will add a touch of personal charm Lama offering bowl, largest H9xdiam19cm, £129 set of six, Oka.

Conrad photo frame in Mustard, 24x19cm, £29.90, India Jane.

Tulip vase, H17xdiam13.5cm, £29, Aram.

Bloomsbury rose cushion in Indigo, 60cm sq, £100, Designers Guild.

American stripe throw in Ivory, 127x168cm, £99, Faribault at West Elm.

Ice bucket with leather handles in White, H13xdiam15cm, £83, Tina Frey Designs at Amara.

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Nordic chopping boards, 31x19cm, £35; 44x25cm, £70; both Hatchet & Bear at Such & Such.

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Tablette Pollock chocolate, 80g, £8, Unelefante at Trouva.

Striped tea cosy in Grey, 25.5x35cm, £22, Kira CPH; ABC teacup, H10xdiam14.5cm, £24, welovekaoru; both at Luna & Curious.

Veglia nutcracker hammer with anvil, L23cm, $395, Coltellerie Berti at Horne.



iPad easel in Turquoise, 45x16cm, £30, Forbes & Lewis.

Must-have kitchen accessories and delicious treats are a recipe for success

Mojito muddler, L23cm ,

Set of three marble cheese knives with board, H5.5xW30xD17cm, £69, Oliver Bonas.

£12.95, Rigby & Mac.

n blooms platter, 40.5x27cm, £68, Anthr opol blow ogi ind e. W

Trill winter seasons hamper, H37xW27xD21cm, £75, Trill Farm.

Dauville cake stand in Gold, H15xdiam29cm, £65, Heal’s.

Basic teapot in Red, H17xdiam10cm, £42; Basic breakfast cup in Red, H7xdiam11cm, £16.75; both Folklore.


Steel and brass serving spoons, L22.5cm, £52 each, Mitsuhiro Konishi at The Shop Floor Project.

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All The Breeds jute kneeler cushion, 30x40cm, £38, Plum & Ashby. Match a Pair of Birds memory game, 6.5x9cm, £12.95, Laurence King.

Pruning axe, L50cm, £150, Rudo y Noble at The Garden Edit.

Copper-rimmed cloche in Lichen Green, H40x diam41cm, £34.99, Crocus.


GARDENERS Smart accessories and timeless tools for the enjoyment of green-fingered friends

Brass plant mister, H15xdiam9cm, £27.50, Cow+Co.

Niwaki trug, H16.5xW46x D23cm, £299, Niwaki.

ng ki oc r St ille f Urban nature exploration guide, 21x10.5cm, £10, T&Shop.

Gold hanging plant pot, H13.5xdiam15.5cm, £11.95, Mia Fleur.

Compost scoop, L28xdiam7cm, £17.95, Sophie Conran.

Gold-plated floral scissors, L14cm, £50, Ernest Wright & Son at The New Craftsman.

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Urban bee box, 16x16x16cm, £25, Hen & Hammock.

Bee Friendly cut flower patch seeds, £18.72 for 12 packets, Higgledy Garden. Uuni 2 wood-fired oven, H68xW35xD48cm, £189, Uuni.

H&G EDIT | GIFT GUIDE Framed initial W wood engraving by Eric Gill, 27cm sq, £65, Goldmark.

ings. 38, Clipp xD4cm, £ 16 xW .5 ss, H8 rack in bra C6 letter

Psychoanalytic, Visual Arts and Literary pencil sets, 18.5x5cm, £12 for each box of six pencils, The School of Life.

Studio roller with paper, W60cm, £149, George & Willy.

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WORDSMITHS Thoughtful suggestions to impress readers, writers and letter-lovers

Spend purse, 10.5x16cm, £10, Chase & Wonder at Unique & Unity.

Pencil pouch in Gold Dots with accessories, H14xW21.5cm, £25, Kate Spade New York at Quill London.

C leather sticker, 5x3cm, £35, The Sticker Shop at Anya Hindmarch.

Calligraphy set, H5xW21.5xD13.5cm, £31.47, Fabriano Boutique.

Cedar pen, £69.95, Highgrove.

The New York Times, 36 hours: World, £79.99, Taschen at SCP.

Marble notebooks in Green and Blue, 15x10.5cm, £18 each, Amaretti Design at Monologue London.


2016 Letterpress calendar, 30x21cm, £16.50, Nineteen Seventy Three at Design Museum Shop.

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Sausage Dog pencil case, 5.5x30cm, £8, Cath Kidston.

Noah’s Cruise, H28xW19xD13cm, £68, Maileg at Bijou.

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Solar system poster, 50x70cm, £25, Olli Ella.

History By The Meter folding ruler, L200cm, £16, Rockett St George.



Fun fancy dress, cool musical instruments and trendy little extras to keep children amused

Little Her o tights, £14.95, Howkap ow.

Cardboard ping-pong table, H77xW90x D163cm, £55.89, Tennino at Smallable.

Blue Rabbit headdress, from £40, Sara Lowes.

Children’s mitts in Marble and Corona, £34, Jo Gordon.

Musical hamper, H52xW41xD23cm, £75, Hedgehog.

Loop’d speaker in Purple and Neon Orange, H5x diam5cm, £30, Kakkoii.

Big Top circus tent, H130xW190xD310cm, £299, FieldCandy at Harrods.


Red wooden guitar for smartphone, 71x31.5cm, £25, Habitat.

Neon sling shot in Pink, 22x12cm, £40, The Conran Shop.

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Balthasar bottle in walnut, H22cm, £205; Melchior bottle in walnut, H44cm, £185; both Samuel Chan at Channels.

Panda coin purse, H9.5xW10.5x D5.7cm, £250, Loewe at Harrods.

The Average Day watch, £135, Mr Jones Watches.

Black marbled dinner plate, diam22cm, £13.95, Royal Stafford at Liberty.


Hedonist helmet in Petrol, £299, The Conran Shop at Selfridges.

AFICIONADOS Stay one step ahead with these covetable pieces perfect for the style-conscious crowd

Classic backpack, 40x42cm, £120, This is Paper at Workshop. Woodpecker velvet cushion, 60cm sq, £95, Klaus Haapaniemi & Co.

A2 Bluetooth speaker in Natural Champagne, H14xW25.5xD4.5cm, £299, Bang & Olufsen at Very.

Ping pong paddles with covers in Blue and Orange, 26x17cm, £72 each, Jonathan Adler.

Print Stripe travel mug, H14xdiam9cm, £18, Vera Wang at Wedgwood.

Teapot, H10xdiam13cm, £210, Derek Wilson at Contemporary Applied Arts.

Vitrail Photophore candle holder, H12.5xdiam11.5cm, £110, Diptyque Paris.

S285 bowl, H27x diam36cm, £985, Linck at William & Son. Ridley’s Games Room dominoes, H9.5xW15.5xD3.5cm, £13.95, Wild & Wolf at All Good Gifts.

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This harmonious scheme owes its success to the fact that the tree decorations and wrapped gifts all draw on a palette of gold, black and white, which echo the colours of the room’s décor, creating a unified look. FURNITURE Queen-Anne style wing-back chair, H108xW73xD66cm, £7,800, Howe. Antique sofa, H77xW190xD90cm, £3,400 plus 10m of fabric, The Odd Chair Company. Lenister oval coffee table, H49xW135xD75cm, £725, India Jane. Hexagon side table, H36xdiam57cm, £299, Content by Terence Conran at John Lewis. FABRICS Sofa and cushion in Theo in Charcoal, polyester mix, 143cm wide, £65m; geometric cushions in Baytown in Coffee, cotton mix, 137cm wide, £62m, Larsen; backed in Norma in Crème, linen, 140cm wide, £58m, Manuel Canovas; all at Colefax and Fowler. Striped cushion in Dalton in Noir, polyester, 140cm wide, £85.50m, Nobilis. Trimmed in Metallic Border in Antique Gold, 2.5cm wide, £30m, Samuel & Sons. ACCESSORIES Norway spruce with candlelight LED, H245cm, £599, Balsam Hill. Concave Butler’s mirror, diam54cm, £2,800, Humphrey-Carrasco. Alzabile LTE3 floor light, H180xdiam20cm, £1,291.20, GMR Interiors. (On coffee table) Bikaner wood and bone box, H8xdiam13cm, £65, India Jane. Grey marble dish, H4xdiam19cm, £40, Petersham Nurseries. Glitterati Saucy crackers, L11cm, £7 for eight, Talking Tables. Cream bone and rosewood box, H5xW25xD15cm, £145; Gold plate, diam43cm, £90; both Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam. Vintage glass balls, from £15 to £220 each, Guinevere. (On side

table) Gold ceramic dish, 8cm sq, £71, William Yeoward. Lama offering bowls, largest H9x diam19cm,£129 set of six, Oka. (On mantel) Hexagonal lanterns in brass, H33xdiam15cm, £69.50 each, Summerill & Bishop. Amber Noir pillar candles, H15xdiam7cm, £10 each, Shearer Candles. Holiday Hearth candle, H10xdiam8cm, £38, Jonathan Adler. Bronze studded bowl, H11xdiam22.5cm, £285, Porcupine Rocks. Merry Christmas garland, L150cm, £22, Rowen & Wren. (Baubles on tree) Cream with black polka dots and cream with black stripe, diam10cm, £9.95 each; mini versions, diam6cm, £19.95 set of four; all Harrods. Matt white, £2.95 each; black with gold dots, £5.50 each; black with gold stars, £7.50 each; shiny gold, £2.95 each; gold pear and apple, £7.50 each; white with gold polka dots, £5.50 each; all Selfridges. Gold ribbed teardrop, diam15cm, £3.99 each, Dobbies. Gold onionshaped, diam8cm, £1.50 each, Sainsbury’s. Matt gold, £12 set of 16, House of Fraser. (Wrapping paper) Gold vinter, £1.75 a 2m roll, Ikea. Black with antlers; black with stars; white with gold dots; nutmeg with gold dots; white/gold/black lozenges; all £3.50 a sheet, Selfridges. White with gold wrapping paper, £2 a roll; Wide gold ribbon, £2 for three; both Sainsbury’s. Other ribbons, from 80p per m, V V Rouleaux. Vintage Atlas rug, 408x288cm, £5,405, The Rug Company.

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Aromatic evergreens, such as eucalyptus, make wonderful garlands as they release their scent when brushed past. Delicate herb wreaths, hung as window decorations, will add further delicate fragrance. FURNITURE Hybrid No. 1 antler chair,

H150xW75xD100cm, £2,100, Merve Kahraman at Cube. Antique Swedish pedestal table, H75xdiam105cm, £1,600, Nimmo & Spooner. Urban leather chairs, H98xW40xD53cm, £910 each, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam. ACCESSORIES Garland in eucalyptus, wax flower and corn, from £58m; (in window) small wreaths in rosemary, thyme, sage, myrtle and eucalyptus, diam 18-25cm, from £145 for six, all Aesme. Nutmeg with gold dots and white with gold wrapping paper, both £3.50 sheet, Selfridges. Velvet chocolate ribbon (on top present), 15mm wide, £1.29m; Ribbon 10120 col 83 (on bottom present), 5mm wide, 55p per m; both V V Rouleaux. Warm white fairy lights with clear cable, £12.99 for 10m, Lights4fun.

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A metal tree hung with homemade cookies is a delightful way to o≠er after-dinner treats. It could also be used as an Advent decoration with a numbered biscuit for each day. Antique metal stand, H95xdiam54cm, £290, Nimmo & Spooner. Cookies, from £4.95 each, Peggy Porschen. Ribbon 10120 col 9 and col 831, 5mm wide, 55p per m, V V Rouleaux. Camden champagne flutes with gold rims, H20xdiam6cm, £13.57 each, Canvas Home at Selfridges. Gold dish, H3.5xW18xD13cm, £144, William Yeoward. Eucalyptus wreath, diam25cm, £145 for six plants, Aesme. Warm White fairy lights with green cable, £12.99 for 10m, Lights4fun.

Schemes with rich, luxurious textures are perfect for winter months. Here, heavy velvet curtains have a cosseting feel, while an opulent trimming dresses the piano stool to eye-catching effect. The gold disc garland hung casually across the room, shimmers in the candlelight, adding to the celebratory atmosphere. FURNITURE Antique piano, H128xW152xD68cm, and piano stool,

H48xW54xD35cm, £5,000, J Reid Pianos. FABRICS Curtains in Rooksmoor velvet in Cocoa, cotton, 140cm wide, £84m, Lewis & Wood. Trimmed in Effluve 40040518, silk, 4.5cm wide, £40m, Casamance. Blinds in Morning Glory 4063/27, abaca mix, 142cm wide, £149m, Nobilis. Piano stool cushion in Linen Taffeta in Havana, linen mix, 140cm wide, £84m, Lewis & Wood; trimmed in Metallic layered pom fringe in Gold, viscose mix, 14cm wide, £182m, Samuel & Sons. Cushion and window seat in Hollywood Grape in Gold, viscose, 136cm wide, £246.20m, Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon. ACCESSORIES Pompadour tie-backs in Gold, drop 85cm, £319 each,

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Osborne & Little. Antique Gold Shimmer paper garland, £13.95 for 6m, Funky Frills. Frosted pine cone wreath, diam45cm, £50, House of Fraser. (On piano, from left) Allas candleholder, H4xdiam11cm, £25; Allas candelabra, H3xW18xD12cm, £59; both Iittala at Skandium. Low black tin dish, diam8cm, £2.50; scalloped-top tin holder, H3xdiam4cm, £4; both Petersham Nurseries. Balance candleholder, H6xdiam6cm, £20; Nappula candleholder, H11xdiam10cm; both Skandium. Crown bottle holder, H12xdiam17cm, £16, India Jane. Round tin holder, H4xdiam15cm, £6, Petersham Nurseries. Beeswax candles, from £9.50 to £16.50 a pair, Toast. Pillar candles, £20 each, Tobias and the Angel. Christmas cards, £2.95 each, Wild & Wolf. Buckland uplighter, 27x10cm, £342, Vaughan.

An oversized bauble and a garland made from fresh pecans add a flourish to a beautifully laid Christmas dessert bu≠et, which continues the theme of gold and nut brown. ACCESSORIES Antique damask tablecloth, 240x204cm, £960; vegetable-dyed gold antique damask napkins, 57cm sq, £336 set of eight; both Guinevere. Turini gold-finish cutlery, £90 for 16-piece set, Habitat. Madrid cutlery in Matt Black, £63 for five-piece set, Canvas Home at Selfridges. Eloise crystal punch bowl with silver ladle, H25x diam30cm, £940, William Yeoward Crystal. Brown striped glass tumblers, H10xdiam9cm, £60 each, Petersham Nurseries. Lambert cake stand, H44x diam30.5cm, £140, India Jane. Canelés cakes (on top tier), £2.50 each, Babelle at Selfridges. Bronze walnuts, £21.50 each, Pentreath & Hall. Vendome gold oval dish, H3xW18xD13cm, £144, William Yeoward. Isadora gold pineapple, H27xdiam12cm, £840, William Yeoward Crystal. Stone cake stand, H11xdiam29cm, £110, Tom Dixon at Heal’s. Lemon poppy seed cake, H12xdiam22cm, £25, Peggy Porschen. Mohair Christmas tree with gold baubles, H72xdiam58cm, £285 made to order, Tobias and the Angel. Matt black plates, diam22cm, £14.50 each, Petersham Nurseries. White dessert plates with gold stripes, diam17cm, £16 each, Joanna Wood. Ribbon 10120 col 20 (tied on garland), 35mm wide, £1.30m, V V Rouleaux. Gold witch’s ball, diam24cm, £220, Nimmo & Spooner. Warm white fairy lights with clear cable, £12.99 for 10m, Lights4fun.

Lacing a stair garland with touches of gold ties in nicely with the metal leaf chandelier to make a striking entrance. FURNITURE Windsor stickback settle in Black, H102xW115.5xD45cm, £1,195, I&JL Brown. ACCESSORIES Metal chandelier, H100xdiam50cm, £250; black dipped candles, H40cm, £3.50 each; both Petersham Nurseries. (Wrapping paper) Patterned vinter and plain gold vinter, both £1.75 for a 2m roll, Ikea. Black with stars, black with antlers, white with gold dots and white/gold/black lozenges, all £3.50 a sheet; patterned gold and white, £3.75 a sheet; all Selfridges. Gold ribbon, £1.50 for 30m roll, Ikea. Other ribbons, from 95p per m, V V Rouleaux. Mini luxury crackers, L21cm, £5 for six, Sainsbury’s. Garlands in eucalyptus, olive branches, beech, pine cones and stephanotis, from £65m, Aesme.

A daybed cocooned in a simple linen canopy, which is festively lit with fairy lights, creates a stylish place to while away winter evenings with a good book. FURNITURE 19th-century antique Swedish daybed, H94xW200xD74.5cm, £3,950, Lorfords. Gold log side table, H44xdiam28cm, £545, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam. FABRICS Bed canopy in Pekin in Porcelain, linen, 142cm wide, £45.50m, Romo. Edged in Scarborough Bobble Fringe in Mocha, acrylic mix, 4cm wide, £180.40m, Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon. Cushions in (from left) Rayure Laurel in Anthracite, polyester, 141cm wide, £103.50m, Nobilis. Jib in Brooke, linen, 155cm wide, £118m, Holland & Sherry. Doge Gold, viscose mix, 138cm wide, £181m, C&C Milano. Dimity in Carbon, linen, 145cm wide, £45.50m, Romo.

Trimmed in Aurelia beaded fringe, 2.5cm wide, £48m, Samuel & Sons. WALLS Kauri silk wallpaper, 91.5cm wide, £310sq m, Fromental. ACCESSORIES Single straight-arm wall light WL26 in Bronze, H18xW11xD15.5cm, £240; cone clip-on shade, £49.50; both Hector Finch. Shade trimmed in Old Gold satin ribbon 10120, 5mm wide, 55p per m, V V Rouleaux. Warm white fairy lights with clear cable, £12.99 for 10m, Lights4fun. Vidrio dish, 20x14cm, £9.90, India Jane. Tin urn cup, H12.5xdiam9cm, £6.50, Petersham Nurseries. Gold wrapped sugared chestnuts, £12 for five, Godiva. Bamboo Leaf Circles rug in Ivory, 183x274cm, £2,236, Alton-Brooke. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 183

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A plump chaise longue with sumptuous upholstery and cushions in deep berry tones creates a cosy, cosseting mood. The feeling of warmth is enhanced by a copper side table, while the grey-green of the artwork offers a refreshing counterpoint. FURNITURE Divine recline chaise longue in Ochre Red,

H70xW165xD80cm, £7,548, Ochre. Pill stool in Chukka Tusk with Eskimo Husky top and Cavalier Ale piping, H46xdiam40cm, £349, de Le Cuona. Good Morning copperplated pedestal table, H55xdiam45cm, £488, Ligne Roset. FABRICS Cushions in (from left) Savoy Silk Sugared Almond 10, cotton mix, 140cm wide, £74m, James Hare. Brera 266006, cotton mix, 139cm wide, £115.40m, Sahco. PAINT Walls in Light Peach Blossom 3, Absolute Matt Emulsion, £37 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene. ACCESSORIES Beat floor lamp in Black, H168xW59cm, £865, Tom Dixon at Heal’s. Copper vase, H25.5xdiam7cm,

£18, Habitat. Dried hydrangea sprayed in Rose Gold, £8 a stem, Scarlet & Violet. Edge tumbler, H10xdiam8.5cm, £30 set of two; Edge tealight holders, H8xdiam8.5cm, £32 set of two; all LSA International. Whitehorn Shadow painting by Clare Wilson, 150cm sq, Katherine Maginnis Contemporary Arts Agency. (On tree) Giant Glitter baubles in Copper, diam10cm, £2.50 each; Copper Jewel baubles, 7cm, £2.50 each; 10cm, £3.50 each; all Rockett St George. 480 LED fairy lights in Soft White, £55, John Lewis. Copper wrapping paper, £12.50 a roll, Cox & Cox. Satin ribbon in Petrol, 3.5cm wide, £1.30m, VV Rouleaux. Green and taupe rug, 180x270, £5,442, Alton-Brooke.

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Plush textures and a variety of understated pattern are key to the relaxed air in this living room, while fabrics and furniture in shades that shift subtly from grey to green soften the contrast with the damson red wallpaper. For a sophisticated take on festive décor, a row of candles burns twice as brightly against an antique-style mirror. FURNITURE Alexander three-seater sofa, H78xW220xD92cm, £2,995 plus 14m fabric, The Sofa & Chair Company. French House chair with turned ebonised legs, H93xW81xD73cm, £1,400 plus 5m fabric, The French House. Febo highback armchair with headrest cushion, H97xW100xD76cm, £2,660; Febo ottoman, H43xdiam52cm, £810; both Maxalto at Chaplins. Outline console table in Gunmetal, H74xW120xD50cm, £1,284, Richard Taylor Designs. Copper coffee table, H46.5xW66.5xD134cm, £1,520, Julian Chichester. FABRICS Sofa in Streamline in Sage M417/27, cotton mix, 142cm wide, £90m, Mark Alexander. Chair in Chimere in Opaline 10585/64, cotton mix, 135cm wide, £177.50m, Nobilis. Curtains in Dorian Gray in Aquamarina 30110/07, silk mix, 135cm wide, £185m, Rubelli. (On sofa, back row, from left) Cushions in Savoy Silk English Rose 11, cotton mix, 140cm wide, £74m, James Hare. Brera 2660-06 (also on armchair), cotton mix, 139cm wide, £115.40m, Sahco. Cantabria NCF4211/07, viscose mix, 143cm wide, £89m, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little. Edged in Slubby Fringe in Jade TL10095/35, viscose mix, 2.5cm wide, £26m, Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa at GP & J Baker. (Front row, from left) Lindale in Teal 10597/615, linen mix, 134cm wide, £95m, GP & J Baker. Savoy Silk Sugared Almond 10, cotton mix, 140cm wide, £74m, James Hare. WALLS Ambroise wallpaper 70111097, 90cm wide, £38.30m, Casamance.

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ACCESSORIES Panelled overmantel mirror in Old Silver and Copper Peach,

170x122cm, from £1,550, Dominic Schuster. Ghislaine Thomas aquatint, 76x61cm, £1,050,Trowbridge Gallery. (On console) Opaline table lamp in Rose Apple, H43xdiam28cm, £1,495; lampshade, diam30cm, £295; both Birgit Israel. Copper vases, H25.5xdiam7cm, £20; H27xdiam12cm, £30; all Habitat. Dried Hydrangea sprayed in Rose Gold, £8 a stem, Scarlet & Violet. Copper fern spray, £5.50 each, Gisela Graham. Elevated vase in Rose, H22xdiam16.5cm, £79, Muuto at Skandium. Pearlware vase, H40xdiam15cm, £175, The Conran Shop. (On mantel) Reflection candleholders in Brass, H17xdiam6cm, £34.95 each; H23xdiam6cm, £39.95 each; all Stelton at Skandium. Entwined candelsticks in Gold, H18xdiam13cm; £14 each, H30.5xdiam13cm, £18 each; all Anthropologie. Copper candles, H25cm, £7.50 set of four, Cox & Cox. Dinner candles in Rose and Flint, H29.5xdiam2cm, £32.40 set of 12, True Grace. (On coffee table) Geometric bowl in Copper, H12xdiam29cm, £20, Linea at House of Fraser. Gold Cone baubles, £10 each, Heal’s. Faux Shagreen tray in Celadon, H4xW33xD41cm, £84, West Elm. (On tray) Smoked Grey water glass, H10cm, £27 set of four, Rockett St George. Marble tealight holders in Green, H5xdiam5.5cm, £16 each, Nordstjerne at Amara. Simla rug in Atlantic Blue, 350x250cm, £162sq m, Jacaranda Carpets.


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The intricate detail of the damask is tempered by the masculine looks of the leather-clad chest of drawers. On the stairs, a eucalyptus garland is a modern spin on the traditional holly and ivy. FURNITURE Richter chest of drawers in Black leather and brass, H80xW120xD52cm, £3,214, Julian Chichester. Georgian bench, H46xW160xD38cm, £3,600, Virginia White. FABRIC Bench in Voysey in Graphite FDG2345/01, viscose mix, 140cm wide, £125m, Designers Guild. WALLS (Foreground) Malmaison Damask wallpaper 311998, £70 a roll, Zoffany. (Background) Bond Street, Marble Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 litres, Mylands. ACCESSORIES Array mini pendant light with opal glass shades, H43xdiam75cm, £1,065, CTO Lighting. Ivy mirror, diam100cm, £3,318, Porta Romana. (On chest of drawers) Hammered copper tray, diam50cm, £25, Cox & Cox. Antique Gold glass hurricanes, H10cm, £6 each; H13cm, £10 each; H16cm, £14 each; all Nordic House. Laser-cut leaf and berry garland in Casino Gold, £30m, Cutture. Leimu lamp in Grey, H38xdiam25cm, £549, Iittala at Skandium. Faux Shagreen box in Celadon, H10xW22xD15cm, £64, West Elm. Mani umbrella stand, H57xdiam26cm, £725, Fornasetti at Amara. Eucalyptus garland, £25 for 30cm, Scarlet & Violet. Copper glitter baubles (on banister and tray) diam7cm, £1.99 each, diam10cm, £3.99 each, Gisela Graham. Satin ribbon in Sable, 7mm wide, £2m, VV Rouleaux. (Wrapping paper) Copper, £12.50 a roll, Cox & Cox. Geometric, £4 a sheet, John Lewis. Winter Wonderland, £7.70 for three sheets, Rifle Paper Company at Northlight. Satin ribbon in Petrol, 35mm wide, £1.30m, VV Rouleaux. Wool Cord Sable 5790 stair runner in Gorgeous Greys, 66cm wide, £48.54sq m, Alternative Flooring.


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Copper-tinted glassware and accessories are thrown into relief by the black stone table top, the drama of which is balanced by a blue-green wallpaper and silk curtains. Felt chairs and sisal carpet give texture to the scheme, while a frame covered in eucalyptus and sprinkled with fairy lights makes a decorative addition. FURNITURE Oysterbed limestone refectory table, H72xW100xD240cm, £4,195,

Lapicida. Melton wool dining chairs, H97xW56xD63cm, £395 each, Oka. Jackson buffet sideboard in White Enamel, H81.5xW168xD52cm, £5,500, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam. WALLPAPER Mud Print in Cobalt, 137cm wide, £65m, Christopher Farr Cloth. FABRIC Curtains in Wright in Sea Green L9010/10, cotton mix, £45m, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler. Dining chairs in Leaf Duck Egg K5125/34, wool, 140cm wide, £54m, Kirkby Design. Lampshade in Savoy Silk in Seal 29, cotton mix, 140cm wide, £74m, James Hare. FLOORING Harry Zinc sisal D705, £81sq m, Crucial Trading. ACCESSORIES Eucalyptus foliage hanging frame, H50xW170xD40cm, from £350, Scarlet & Violet. Trille clear copper star lights, £10, Heal’s. (On sideboard) Hex medium bowl, H9xdiam28.5cm, £100,Tom Dixon at Heal’s. Verdi table lamp in Ocean, H80xdiam26cm, £413.40; 12-inch Sabine drum shade, £60.48; both Heathfield & Co. White marble cheese board, £75, Heal’s. Evolution square

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leather tray, 46cm sq, £395, Linley at Amara. Kivi votives in Salmon Pink, diam6cm, £12 each, Iittala at Skandium. Copper jug, H17xdiam11cm, £42, Rowen & Wren. 2D vases in Ochre, H22xdiam11cm, £32 each, Ligne Roset. (On table) Olaf decanters, H21xdiam12cm, £45 each; Edge red wine glasses, H20x diam8.5cm, £40 set of two; Edge champagne flutes, H25xdiam5.5cm, £40 set of two; Edge tumblers, H10xdiam8.5cm, £30 set of two; Edge tealight holders, H8xdiam8.5cm, £32 set of two; all LSA International. Hand-painted stoneware plates, diam28cm, £22 for two, Rockett St George. Royal Stafford plates, diam22cm, £13.95 each, Liberty. Copper cutlery, £180 for 24-piece set, House of Fraser. Kivi votives in Seablue, diam6cm, £12 each, Iittala at Skandium. Lasercut place setting cards in Nude, £7.20 pack of six, Cutture. Copper wrapping paper, £12 a roll; Luxury copper crackers, £40 for six; both Cox & Cox. Geometric gift wrap, £4 a sheet, John Lewis. Winter Wonderland wrapping paper, £7.70 for three sheets, Rifle Paper Company at Northlight. Rose Bronze wired ribbon, 25mm wide, £3.15m, VV Rouleaux. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 183


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PURE WHITE AND CLASSIC METALLICS (Top row, from left) Gold 3D metal star, diam10cm, £4.50, John Lewis. Glass droplet bauble, H14xdiam9cm, £6.25, Triflora at Selfridges. (Middle row, from left) Heirloom porcelain baubles, H8cm, £44 for five, Jo Heckett. Matrioska ornament, H11xdiam6cm, £140 for three, Lladró. Hexxa ceramic snowflake, 8x8cm, £7, Reiko Kaneko. Vintage jewelled wreath, diam14cm,

£8,The White Company. (Bottom row, from left) Glass decoration, diam10cm, £26 for four, Toast. Brass star, diam12cm, £32, The Shop Floor Project. Iconic teacup and saucer decoration in Grey, H5xdiam8cm, £25, Wedgwood. Queen decoration, H9cm, £48 for two, Jonathan Adler. Gold fleck tissue paper, £2 for five sheets; gold ribbon, £2 for a 2m roll; both Paperchase.

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (Top row, from left) Tin rocking horse, 12x12cm, £25 for five, Plümo. Teal braided bauble, diam10cm, £10.50, India Jane. (Middle row, from left) Painted glass mini shapes (tree), H7cm, £18.99 for 12, Jarrold Department Store. Multicoloured drops bauble, diam10cm, £14.95, Harrods. Starburst decoration, diam18cm, £6.99, Gisela Graham at Burford. Pink glass diamond, H10xdiam10cm,

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£12.50, The Conran Shop. (Bottom row, from left) Turquoise glass balloon, H14xdiam12cm, £5, Marks & Spencer. Lolli bauble, diam10cm, £6, Habitat. Tree in a dome decoration, H15xdiam12cm, £14, Rockett St George. Arrow decoration, L16cm, £4.50, Re. Pink ribbon, £2 for 2m; silver tissue paper, £2 for five sheets; both Paperchase. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 183




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A frosted pine-cone wreath will make a statement on any door. For an extra touch of festive glamour, add your own detail, such as the shimmering silk rose and ribbon here. Pine-cone wreath, £55, Cox & Cox. Enchantment flower clip in Champagne, £3, John Lewis. Wired organza ribbon, £1.20m, Jane Means.


Making an entrance Dressing the exterior of your home with flowers, foliage, lights and decorative details creates a beautifully festive welcome for friends and family WORD S ARABE LLA ST JOH N PARK ER STY LI N G S O P HIE M A RT EL L P H OTOGRA P H S B EN A NDER S


To create a cohesive look, use the same colour scheme for all the decorative elements. Here, the red ribbons on the wreaths, nosegays and lanterns echo the striking colour of the crimson glory grapevine. Handmade wreath (on window), from £25, Clifton Nurseries. Bundle, wreath (on door) and garland (on bench), from £20 for the bundle, all Wild Rubus. Box lanterns, £65 each, John Lewis. Thick red satin ribbon, £1.50m; Red satin ribbon £1m, all Jane Means. 6-inch church candles, £6 each, Shearer Candles.

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For a more contemporary treatment, battery-powered letters can be used to spell out the Christmas message of your choice. A string of large-scale mains-powered outdoor lights simply hung gives this playful look extra impact. Outdoor festoon lights, £29.99, Lights4Fun. Carnival letter lights, £58 each, The Little House Shop.


Be inspired by the winter illumination of chalets in Alpine ski resorts and dress your home’s roofline with strings of icicle lights. This pre-lit faux birch tree is suitable for use inside and out and, combined with real tealights, gives this house an inviting glow. Icicle lights, £18.99, Lights4Fun. Indoor Outdoor light-up birch tree, £150, Cox & Cox. Ceramic star tealight holders, £3 each; Vanilla and coconut tealights, £6 each; all Shearer Candles. FB066 window film, from £30, The Window Film Company.


Armfuls of seasonal foliage in a substantial water-filled container can be added to and refreshed over the festive season. Hang a nosegay composed of the same plants at the window and complete the look with a berry-strewn wreath. For another nice touch, follow Scandinavian tradition and lay a branch of fir on the doorstep on which guests can wipe their feet before entering the house. Copper lanterns, small, £9.99; large, £14.99; both Dobbies. Red berry and black berry wreath, £35, John Lewis. Berry arrangement, from £50, Scarlet & Violet. Malmesbury planter, £40, Garden Trading. Green ribbon (on garland), £1.20m, Jane Means. 9-inch church candles (in lanterns), £11 each, Shearer Candles.

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A statement door deserves a statement wreath. This bespoke design was made for us by Simon Lycett, who has used huge hydrangea heads, rosehips, small white squashes, berried ivy and branches of ďŹ r for a unique arrangement. Bepoke wreath, from ÂŁ342, Simon Lycett.


Battery-powered outdoor fairy lights are easily draped in and around hedging and trees, while illuminated creatures, such as this snowy owl, lend a whimsical feel to the overall effect. Extra large faux boxwood balls, £131.99 each, Blooming Artificial. Chinoiserie planters, £125 each, Oka. Battery outdoor fairy lights, £8.99; Snowy owl light-up figure, £29.95; both Lights4Fun.


Make the most of your local nursery’s winter offerings and plant up window boxes with cyclamen, white heathers and variegated ivies. Red ribbon, threaded through the edging of the planters and fixed across the front of the house in homage to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s wrapped buildings, creates a unifying theme. Large ribbon, £1.23m; ribbon around boxes, £1m; both Jane Means. Versailles wall shelves, £20 each, Magpie Living. Curtains in Ticking 1 in Peony, cotton, 137cm wide, £24.50m, Ian Mankin.


Symmetry is beauty, as demonstrated by faux box ball trees underplanted with real ivy and cheerfully dressed with frosted pine-cone baubles and wired ribbons. Their rounded shape is echoed by the trio of wreaths, made by wiring pieces of fir around tapestry frames, with snowberries tied in as a final flourish. Faux boxwood triple ball trees, £79.19 each, Blooming Artificial. Pinecone baubles, £1 for six, Poundland. Small Vence planters, £45 each, Garden Trading. Large white lantern, £14.99; Small white lanterns, £2.99 each; all Dobbies. Silver mirror tealight lanterns, £8 each; Ceramic star tealight holders, £3 each; Large glass hurricane lantern, £20; 6-inch church candles (in lanterns), £6 each; Vanilla and coconut tealights, £5 for eight; all Shearer Candles. Green wired ribbon, £1.50m, Jane Means.

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Show guests the way to your home with decorative lights. Here, three faux rattan stars make an eye-catching contrast against the yew hedge, while a rope of mains-powered outdoor lights entices visitors through the arch. Faux rattan light-up stars, £20 each, Cox & Cox. Battery outdoor fairy lights (on gate), £8.99; outdoor lights (on ground), £19.99; both Lights4Fun.


Build up festive momentum, beginning with faux pieces, such as the wreath and two pre-lit trees shown here, adding to the display with fresh flowers and accessories for the key dates of the season. Pre-lit white and glitter porch tree, £100; Pre-lit bush, £100; Enchantment glitter bird clip (on wreath), £3.50; all John Lewis. Snowberry and twig wreath, £56; Barrington hurricane lamps, £85 each; all Oka. Aged garden urns with handle, £22 each, Mia Fleur. Antique smoke glass hurricane lamps, small, £6; medium, £10; large, £14; Stainless steel lanterns, £89.95; all Nordic House. Ball quilted crystal jam jars, £4.49 for four, Lakeland. Silver wired ribbon, £1.50m; Green striped ribbon, 80p per m, Jane Means. 6-inch church candles, £6 each; White unscented votive candles, 50p each; all Shearer Candles. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 183









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wreath, diam60cm, £170, Wild at Heart. 2| White and glitter tip wreath, diam60cm, £50, John Lewis. 3| Floreo white beaded wreath, diam40cm, £40, Habitat. 4| Floral copper Christmas wreath, diam45cm, £49, Rockett St George. 5| Snowberry and twig wreath, diam56cm, £56, Oka. 6| Fir and snowberry wreath, diam50cm, £50, The White Company. 7| Faux ivy wreath, diam40cm, £25, Cox & Cox. 8| Pale gold leaf and berry

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acrylic wreath, diam55cm, £27.99, Gisela Graham. 9| White berry wreath, diam40cm, £15, Marks & Spencer. Marval engraved hurricane lamp, H24.5xdiam16cm, £84, Rowen & Wren. Large Nordic lantern, H32.5x W20xD20cm, £35, The White Company. Safi Moroccan runner, 69cm wide, £66m, Kersaint Cobb. Warm white fairy lights with 100 LEDs on clear cable, £16.99, Lights4fun. Walls in Green Smoke, Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 183




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INSPIRING SPACES Our choice of irresistible homes and beautiful gardens


THIS MONTH, discover traditional country style with a twist at a converted coach house in Oxfordshire (page 94) and the relaxed British charm of a London townhouse (page 104). Metallic accents bring festive cheer to this contemporary Danish home (page 112), while a series of rural buildings have been transformed into a versatile living space in Hertfordshire (page 124). In our Tasmanian garden, plants and sculptures combine to stunning effect (page 120).


SPIRIT OF THE Designer Katharine Pooley’s Oxfordshire retreat o≠ers a playful twist on traditional country style, which comes into its own at Christmas WO RD S NATALIE WAIN PHOTO GRAPHS ANDREW BEASLEY AND E M M A VAN DE R WYC K

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Surrounded by ancient woodland, Katharine and Dan’s impressive home was originally the stables and coach house for a country manor that was destroyed by a fire. Guests are greeted with a festive scene as soon as the traditional arched doorway (left) is opened. SITTING ROOM

“I adore lovely furniture, but I think incredible fabric can make a piece come alive,” says Katharine. “I like to mix textures, materials and tones.” Bespoke coffee table, John Beavan, 01885 410549, Coffee table in Brodie in Silver F4017/03, £88m,

Colefax and Fowler, 020 7244 7427, Curtains in Greystoke in Dove, £151.50m, de Le Cuona, 020 7584 7677, Bespoke overmantel mirror, Patrick Ireland, 01435 813158, pimirrors. com. Bespoke Christmas mantelpiece garland, Maison de Fleurs, 020 7720 3777, Black and white photograph, Chris Simpson, 01435 862555, Armchairs in Best Dressed in Oscar 3820/05, £312m, Holly Hunt, 020 7399 3280, Bespoke Alby 3 silk rug, Colbourns, 020 7352 8335, Walls in Clunch, Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, 01202 876141,

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Fabric blinds and painted cabinetry enhance the sense of cosiness in this lofty space. “It was quite a cold room previously, but now this is where we eat if it’s just the four of us,” says Katharine.

The house comes to life when the family is gathered together at weekends and, of course, at Christmas.“It’s such a nurturing place for the boys to grow up,” says Katharine (right), while opening presents with Charlie, three, and Jack, five.

Similar table and chairs, Round Orb dining table, £890; Tiffany dining chair, £495; both Oka, 0844 815 7380, Blinds in Roswell 1021127991, £164m, Hodsoll McKenzie at TM Interiors, 01733 230499, New English hall lantern, from £2,586, Hector Finch, 020 7731 8886, Artwork, Janine Mackintosh, 00614 8 8553 8294,

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his Christmas, interior designer Katharine Pooley will throw open the doors of her Oxfordshire home and welcome 24 members of her and her husband Dan’s extended family, to enjoy the festive season with them and their children. “We don’t usually host parties, as this house is supposed to be a respite from our busy lives in London, but Christmas is an exception,” explains Katharine. As guests make their way up the mile-long drive to the house, it is also the perfect opportunity to admire the surrounding countryside in all its winter glory before retreating inside and making a start on the food and drink that Dan and Katharine have prepared for them. “It’s all very cosy,” she says, “but not everyone could live here. We’re in the middle of nowhere and that’s just the way we like it.”

EVOLVING OVER TIME It was the property’s setting that led Katharine to move here more than ten years ago. The Victorian stone buildings were originally a coach house and stables belonging to a nearby manor house, but it was destroyed by fire in the early 20th century. Sitting within six acres of ancient woodland, the surviving buildings had been extensively renovated in the 1970s and were in good order when Katharine first saw them. All she needed to do was to make some rudimentary adjustments to the floors and the kitchen to make the house comfortable for herself and her two dogs, Bagheria and Piglet. “That was before Dan and I were married and had our sons Jack and Charlie,” she explains. In the early days of the couple’s married life, the house was decorated in a bold palette of orange and green that was inspired


Katharine’s Chippendale dining table, which was inherited from her grandmother, has been paired with contemporary chairs covered in sky-blue fabric. Similar antique Chippendale dining table, William IV Chippendale dining table, £4,950, Canonbury Antiques, 01707 644877, canonburyantiques. com. Plain fabric on dining chairs, Adamo and Eva 174, £109m, Dedar at TM Interiors, 01733 230499, Bespoke console table, Simon Penrice, 01743 344611, Cosmos artwork (above mantelpiece), Charlie Barton, 07775 928309, charliebarton. com. Similar log basket, Grey & Buff rattan open-ended wicker log basket, £45, The Basket Company, 01202 422600, Similar Burmese monk statues, antique Burmese monk statue, €225, Asian Art, 0031 6 2219 2241,

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by a stay at the Auberge du Soleil in the Napa Valley, although Katharine admits that the look did not translate to the English countryside as well as she had hoped. The latest redecoration has resulted in a more restrained and sophisticated look. A neutral backdrop of soft creams gives way to splashes of blue, hinting at Dan’s love of the ocean. “I changed everything, from the kitchen and colour scheme to the carpets,” explains Katharine. “The house has grown with us; it’s much more relaxed now and immensely liveable.”

CREATING A COMFORTABLE HOME Despite its grand façade, the couple’s home, which is just one room deep, feels welcoming as soon as you step inside. “It may look like an imposing country estate, but this isn’t a house just to be admired,” says Katharine. “I could never live in a rigid, formal space, so I’ve used texture and pattern to add warmth.” Teal velvet armchairs in the sitting room provide richness and depth, while the graphic motif of the silk rug is an eye-catching feature. In the bright kitchen, gently pleated blinds soften the arched windows, and elsewhere, playful wallpaper has been used to alter the sense of space. “The oversized fern pattern in the Daffodil bedroom, for example, draws the tall ceiling down a little and makes the room feel cosy.” It is this masterful blend of contemporary fabrics and traditional furniture that enhances the home’s timeless appeal. Family heirlooms, such as the Chippendale

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The open staircase (opposite page, left) is the perfect place for a tall Christmas tree covered with gold bows, metallic baubles and twinkling fairy lights.

A palette of soft blues and creams creates a restful scheme (above), which is furnished with a blend of contemporary and antique pieces.


Katharine also uses this space (opposite page, right) as a home office where her wrapping station, stocked with ribbons and papers, comes into its own at Christmas time. Ferns wallpaper in Dove Grey/ Silver, £79 a roll, GP&J Baker; armchair in Safari in Conifer 5892-45, £74m, Marvic Textiles; both at Jane Clayton & Co, 01761 412255,

Headboard in Ropa in Pond, £136m, Holland & Sherry, 020 7352 4798, interiors.holland Bedspread in Cotswold 21145/954, £119.70m, Hodsoll McKenzie at Jane Clayton & Co, 01761 412255, janeclayton. Bespoke Arran sofa, Ben Whistler, 020 8576 6600, Sofa in Rabanna L-166, £96m, Fermoie, 01672 513723, Customised Alexander table lamps, Christopher Spitzmiller, 001 212 563 3030, christopher spitzmiller. com. Curtains in Travers in Slate Blue, £88m, Foglia at TM Interiors, 01733 230499,


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Wallpaper featuring whimsical studies of fish adds a humorous note to this space (above left).

This room has a playful nautical theme (above and right) that Charlie will enjoy for years to come as he grows up.

Fornasetti II Acquario wallpaper 97/100031, £140m, Cole & Son, 020 7376 4628, cole-and-son. com. Blind in Loft in Pigeon, £59m, Kirkby Design, 01623 750005,

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Voiliers wallpaper in Azur, £169 a roll, Hermès, 020 7499 8856, homefabrics Bespoke daybed, Dragons of Walton Street, 020 3544 2000,


dining table, sit harmoniously amid the couple’s contemporary art collection and personal reminders of their international backgrounds. “Dan grew up in South Africa and I lived in Asia for 16 years, so there are bits and pieces of our lives dotted all around, including the Buddha statues in the dining room, which help make the scheme feel personal and playful,” says Katharine.

A REFUGE FROM THE CITY On Christmas day, the children will invariably wake the household early in the morning. “We’ll open presents in front of the fire and play lots of games, before having a traditional lunch in the dining room,” says Katharine. “We have a beautiful dinner service and I love the splendour of the table. It’s one of the few occasions you can really go to town.” For anyone who wants to escape the festive hubbub for a while, a turn around the beautifully manicured walled garden is always encouraged. For the more adventurous guests, in the clearing beyond the trees sits a traditional shepherd’s hut, which Katharine transformed into a bijou home, complete with kitchen and bed, a few years ago. The house on wheels, with fabric-covered walls and a ceiling canopy, is the epitome of elegant camping and a favourite with adults and children alike. “There’s a sense of freedom here that you just don’t get in the city,” Katharine says of her home. “This is where my heart belongs.”

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A favourite with adults and children alike, this bijou space, which features a kitchen, seating and a bed, stands in a nearby clearing. Imo folding stool, £295, Pinch, 020 7622 5075, Curtains and canopy in Mendip L-300, £96m, Fermoie, 01672 513723, Similar leather chair, Oliver chair, from £4,200, Ralph Lauren Home at Katharine Pooley, 020 7584 3223, Cushions in Caudle in Lavender, £83m, William Yeoward, 020 7349 7828,; Ives in Silver, £82m, Colefax and Fowler, 020 7244 7427,

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Positioning the Christmas tree in the centre of the double-aspect room means the couple can enjoy it wherever they choose to sit. Fraser fir with candlelight LED, £749, Balsam Hill, 020 3368 6726, Christmas decorations, Gisela Graham, 020 7708 4956,, and Neptune, 01793 427300,



With its easy elegance and classic style, this London home provides the relaxed British charm its American owners had always wanted W ORD S JE NNIFE R GOULDING PHOTOGRAP H S M A R K B O L T O N


A sumptuous wreath of pine, eucalyptus, cones and pink roses (above) sets the scene for guests arriving at Lyn and Steve Black’s home. Wreath and flower arrangements, Amanda Austin Flowers, 020 7351 3151, For a similar antique mirror, try On-Reflection Mirrors, 01963 220723,

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The silk damask fabric on the bespoke armchairs, together with an ornate antique mirror and substantial ottoman lends an opulent note to the scheme. Sims Hilditch bespoke armchairs in Hartbury Damask in Hemp, ÂŁ79m, GP&J Baker, 020 7351 7760, White Bisque ceramic birds, ÂŁ4.50 each, Gisela Graham, 020 7708 6396,


The country-style oak bookcase and deep, comfortable sofa give this end of the room a relaxed look. “It’s the place in the house that we use the most,” says Lyn. Balmore library bookcase, €6,650, Flamant at Sims Hilditch, 01249 783087,

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The kitchen’s traditional feel is emphasised with a pair of countrystyle barstools (opposite top), which harmonise with the colour of the worktops, and a fender upholstered in Scottish tweed (left). A pub sign (above) is the Blacks’ playful nod to British culture. Similar cabinetry, Chichester, from £8,000 excluding appliances, Neptune, 01793 427450, neptune. com. Wavyline ladder-back barstool, £365, I&JL Brown, 020 7736 4141, Bespoke fender, Acres Farm, 0118 974 4305, Fender in Inverness Highland tweed, £75m, Anta, 01862 832477, CONSERVATORY

Dinner parties in here (above right) are magical at Christmas time, with candles both inside and out in the garden. Chevaux du Vent dinnerware, from £19.95 for a side plate, Gien at Harrods, 020 7730 1234,


yn Black has a soft spot for Christmas in London. “I love the lights on the high streets and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park,” she says. “There’s a real feeling of excitement and it starts so early, whereas in America everyone is focused on Thanksgiving until the end of November. Our children like to come over to London and enjoy the build up, and we always have a big tree and a wreath on the door.” This will be Lyn and her husband Steve’s third Christmas in Britain. The American couple moved into their Knightsbridge terrace house in 2013 when Steve’s work brought them to London. They now spend their time between London and their home in rural Connecticut. “The two lifestyles are like night and day,” says Lyn. “In the States we have four acres of land with gardens and pools to maintain; here in London everything is easier and more relaxed. When it’s time to go, we just close the door without a worry.” Finding the house, however, was not quite so straightforward. “For a while everything we looked at needed work, or there was some complication with the transaction. It was quite frustrating,” recalls Lyn. However, walking into this house, which had been renovated by a developer and was ready to be furnished, the couple knew instantly that it would work. Not only was the condition appealing, the size and layout were also practical, with a kitchen, conservatory and sitting room on the lower ground floor; a double-aspect sitting room on the raised ground floor; main bedroom, dressing room and bathroom on the first floor; and three further double bedrooms and bathrooms over two additional floors. “We adore the area and many of the great things that London has to offer are within reasonable walking distance and Steve can even stroll to work. We also have fifteen to twenty amazing restaurants, almost on our doorstep, although that’s been pretty dangerous for our waistlines.” The house needed some interior design, though, so the couple called in Emma Sims Hilditch, based on a friend’s recommendation. “Emma has a great energy, and the projects we saw on her


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website reflected our aesthetic,” says Lyn. The Blacks wanted their London home to feel traditionally British, but with a modern American twist, a brief that was a natural fit for Emma, who is known for her updates of classic English country style. The couple wanted the rooms to look and feel familiar and comfortable but fresh, and because they would be entertaining business associates as well a hosting visiting friends and family, the schemes also needed to be warm and inviting. “I met Lyn and Steve once in the summer to be briefed, then it took just twelve to sixteen weeks to completion,” says Emma. “It was a very quick turnaround, but that sort of pressure focuses the mind, and it turned out to be a nice, seamless process.” Lyn adds, “Emma did an amazing job, creating incredibly detailed moodboards and layouts for every room. For a while we were constantly receiving packages in the post. It was like Christmas every day.” Emma’s starting point was a fabric called Queen Anne Vine, from Chelsea Textiles, which she used for the sitting room curtains. “It has beautiful two-tone mauve and teal hand embroidery and we pulled those colours through the entire house to give the scheme cohesion,” says Emma. Natural fabrics are a keystone of the décor, set alongside painted furniture, also from Chelsea Textiles, dark furniture made by Emma’s joiner, bespoke sofas, armchairs and ottomans by her upholsterer and lighting from Vaughan. Emma tends to favour British companies, and this suited Lyn and Steve very well. “We wanted to use local suppliers as much as possible, and it was fun to make the most of the different resources over here,” explains Lyn. The couple enjoyed the process immensely. “You end up feeling like part of the family,” says Lyn of Emma and her team. “We gave Emma a blank slate and she made it into a cosy home. There isn’t a spot we don’t love.” Their friends and family clearly agree. “None of them wants to stay in hotels anymore. We constantly have guests, but it makes us happy.”

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A four-poster bed (above left) with heavy linen curtains makes this a cosseting space. Interior design, Emma Sims Hilditch, 01249 783087, Framed Besler Blue and Grey print, from £402, Trowbridge Gallery, 020 7371 8733, MAIN BATHROOM

A pair of pretty wall lights (above) softens the scheme. Similar wall light, Sunbury bathroom oval wall light, from £288, Vaughan, 020 7349 4600, MAIN BEDROOM

A palette of soft blue and warm biscuit shades (right) creates a restful atmosphere. Bespoke bed, Beaudesert, 0845 838 8720, Betty Brinjal on Pigeon cushion, £106, Chelsea Textiles, 020 7584 5544,





Extending an old Danish summer house has given Pia and Chris Coster the freedom to create an inviting space that can be enjoyed by all the family WORD S SARAH FARLEY P H OTOGRA P H S M A R IA VO U S


A modern double-sided fireplace divides the large ground floor into distinct dining and living areas, which can be used simultaneously. For a similar double-sided fireplace, from £4,500, try Modus Fireplaces, 020 3811 2941, Beat pendant lights, from £285 each, Tom Dixon, 020 3696 4950, Similar dining chairs, Tangerine chair, £445 each, Resident at Chaplins, 020 8421 1779,

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Copper candlesticks bring a warm glow to the festive table, which Pia likes to decorate simply with branches of fir, pine cones and scattered white and silver baubles. Similar candle holders, Metal candle holder, £5.99, H&M, 0344 736 9000, Similar baubles, Frosty White bauble, £10; Fern etched mercury bauble, £6; bothTheWhite Company,020 3758 9222, White linen napkins, £12 each, Volga Linen, 01728 635020, Similar hanging star, Diwali star, from £25, Plümo, 020 8889 9945,


Pia wanted to hide all the practical elements of the kitchen behind closed doors, allowing it to sit within the ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor rather than overwhelming the space. For a similar bespoke kitchen, try Nicholas Anthony, 0800 068 3603,

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The double front doors were commissioned specially for the house and given an extra-shiny black finish. For similar double front doors, from around £1,000, try Todd Doors, 0800 633 5050, TELEVISION ROOM

This compact upstairs space (below left) is bright and comfortable, and a favourite retreat for Pia and daughters Sille and Mynte (right). White leather Barcelona chairs, from £5,230 each; Vitra coffee table, from £1,320; both Chaplins, 020 8421 1779,


oth our families live quite a distance away so they all come to visit us; we’ve got plenty of room,” says Pia Coster. “There can be as many as twenty-two people in the house during the festivities.” A tall Christmas tree takes pride of place on the ground floor and, before guests arrive, it is an annual tradition for Pia, her husband, Chris, and their two daughters, Sille, 14, and Mynte, 13, to hang the tree with ornaments collected from their global travels, enjoying the memories of previous years. TO THE SEA The Costers opted to stay closer to home, however, when they started to think about moving out of Copenhagen in search of peace and quiet. “I was born not far from the sea,” says Pia, “so it seemed like the obvious place to begin looking. Here, we are just thirty minutes from the city, but it’s a wonderful retreat from all the craziness there.” Chris had long harboured a dream to build his own home, so the cluster of three old summer houses the couple discovered near Humlebaek six years ago gave him plenty to work with. Chris took a year and a half away from business to rework the buildings with a friend, beginning by pulling down two of the structures and using their footprint to extend the third, which they kept for its atmosphere. “It might have been easier to start from scratch,” says Pia with a smile, but the Costers now have a beautiful home that is not only enjoyed by their two daughters and visiting relatives, but is also within walking distance of their fashion and lifestyle business, Coster Copenhagen. “After twenty years in fashion producing designs for other people, I felt the need to branch out on my own and show what I could do, rather than working for a brand name,” says Pia. “Chris and I started the business together about four years ago. Living and working here is wonderful for me because I can walk on the beach and take inspiration from the coast.”

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OLD AND NEW COMBINED The house embodies the same considered weaving together of Scandinavian tradition and modern consciousness that has made their business so successful. “None of the original structures had a thatched roof,” says Pia, “but we’ve used thatch because it helps the new house to breathe.” The ground floor has been arranged to encompass the sociable Danish philosophy that the cooking and eating areas are the most important part of the house and should therefore be the largest. Pia designed the kitchen herself to ensure that its inevitable practicality would not dominate the living space. “I wanted a kitchen that didn’t look like a kitchen,” she says. “I had it made so that everything could be concealed behind doors and it would fit in with the rest of the furniture.” The huge ground floor area comes into its own at Christmas when the house is full. The long dining table, designed by Chris, can easily seat 12, and Pia likes to keep the table decorations simple, mixing pine cones and branches with a few baubles. The fireplace that separates the dining and seating areas is double-sided so it can be enjoyed from both sides. CONSCIENTIOUS CONSUMPTION Evidence of the Costers’ love of travel can be seen throughout the house, including a large sculpture of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, which Pia brought back from China, in a nook next to the fireplace. Copper candlesticks from India add their glow to the dining table, while the entire ground floor is covered in large travertine tiles that Pia and Chris sourced in Turkey. It is clear that they see themselves as global citizens and run their business accordingly. A key piece for each year’s fashion collection, for example, is a wool cardigan that Pia designs and has knitted in China. One of her proudest achievements for Coster Copenhagen was moving the knitwear production from a factory where the workers lived away from their families for most of the year, back to the workers’ home villages, so they could be near their families and still earn a good wage. It is the same type of enlightened thinking that went into building this house and making it a happy and welcoming place to enjoy spending time with their extended family. “We’ve always travelled a lot,” Pia says. “I try as much as possible to take the girls with me when I go abroad to research fabrics and factories. We’ve been all over the world – America, China, Britain – and wherever we’ve been the girls have chosen a tree decoration to bring home. So each year when the tree goes up, it’s a joy to be reminded of all the amazing places we’ve visited, while celebrating our roots in Denmark.”



Heating concealed in the roof above this outside space (top right) means it can be used all year round.

With plenty of cushions, rugs and atmospheric lighting, this seating area (right) is enjoyable even in the colder months.

Tolix stackable outdoor chairs, £194 each, Made in Design, 020 7692 4001, Similar rug, Icelandic long wool sheepskin, £70, Lambland, 01271 879443,

For similar outdoor cushions, try, John Lewis, 0345 604 9049, Similar pendant lights, Large Abaca ball pendant, £19.99, Dunelm, 0345 165 6565,

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Touches of colour and tactile fabrics create an inviting feel in this simply decorated space. Similar light, Brompton table light, £100, Garden Trading, 0845 608 4448, Similar pink cushion, Nigella Cyclamen square velvet cushion, £40, Laura Ashley, 0333 200 8009,

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A monochrome palette comes into its own in this contemporary scheme where an organically shaped bath lends a note of softness. Similar bath, Spoon bath, from ÂŁ9,310, Agape at West One Bathrooms, 020 7313 6250, For a similar black ladder try, Designer black wooden towel rail, ÂŁ100, Betty Jackson at Debenhams,

A spiral hedge of neatly clipped privet encloses three steel ďŹ gures designed by Peter Cooper.



ORDINARY The owners of this garden have made it their outdoor studio, where sculpture complements the beauty of nature in a scheme alive with form and colour all year round WO RD S CAROLINE BEC K PHOTOGRAPHS C LAIRE TAKAC S

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At the centre of the Grass Labyrinth, based on a medieval design, stands Ancient Column by Gerald Makin.

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The flaming leaves of an ornamental grapevine are thrown into striking relief as they weave through the trees near the nursery shop; the woodland borders glow in soft autumn light; the entrance to Wychwood is sheltered by a canopy of Betula pendula (silver birch). OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT An espaliered Catshead apple decorates the archway in the vegetable garden; bringing a splash of brilliant red to the outdoor entertaining area is the Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper); a goose gazes longingly at the fruit of the Sturmer Pippin apple tree.

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he fleeting, unexpected delights of the changing seasons can soften even the most hard-hearted gardener. Who can remain unmoved by the sight of emerging snowdrops, the first, tentative primrose or the resplendent flare of autumn leaves? Karen Hall and Peter Cooper, the creators of Wychwood, one of Australia’s most celebrated gardens, were both brought up in Brisbane in the state of Queensland, where the temperature varies from warm to even warmer. However, a nine-month backpacking trip together through Europe in the 1980s convinced them that one day they wanted to live in a place with four distinct seasons. After much searching they decided that Tasmania fitted the bill, its cool climate being similar to that of Britain and, in 1991, fuelled by youthful zeal, they packed up their camper van and drove 1,500 miles to a new future. “We were in our early twenties and as keen as mustard,” Peter says. The couple explored the island, living in a leaky tent, before they eventually discovered Mole Creek, home to fat trout and platypus, and bought an old farmstead there. Even now, people tell them they were brave to take it on. Mole Creek is in sheep and cattle country, a land use that goes back generations but, encouragingly,

the garden had a few trees and a tiny orchard of apples, damsons and sour cherries. Karen and Peter began gardening almost immediately, growing vegetables, fruit and herbs, but they soon realised that this alone would not pay the bills. High on enthusiasm if a little low on experience, they set themselves up as gardeners for hire and, by working in other people’s gardens, ideas for their own emerged. The farmstead was eventually christened Wychwood, “a name that declared this was no run-of-the-mill house, but a place where things happened,” recalls Karen. The pair became “consumed by the garden” and although Karen was pregnant with their first child, they opened a nursery to sell the things they loved. Soon came an approach from Australia’s not-forprofit Open Garden Scheme to allow the public access to the garden. It may sound a charmed tale, but that would do a disservice to the level of work the couple put into the garden, for northern Tasmania is not a forgiving place in which to create paradise. “We can get frosts in any month of the year because the mountains funnel cold air, which can feel as though it has come straight from Antarctica,” says Peter. In response, Karen and Peter planted tough trees, settling on those with form, colour and fruit, such as the Ginkgo

biloba (maidenhair tree), maples with their flaming autumn hues and the rowans Sorbus aucuparia and S. hupehensis for their brightly coloured berries. They dreamed of and then built areas such as the sinuous Labyrinth, the Spiral Hedge, and the Birch Copse, the trunks of which, in the misty half-light of winter, resemble the cloisters of a medieval English church. The garden became an outdoor studio for the couple and for other artists, a place of work and income, and it has also provided solace of sorts for family illness and tragedy. You sense that joy and sadness have shaped Wychwood in equal measure. After almost a quarter of a century, however, and to the disbelief of many of their visitors, Karen and Peter have decided to sell up. “We have done all we can,” says Peter, so, with their two children now young adults, the time seems right to move somewhere smaller. Like most gardeners, they are optimists and not prone to looking back; they have already secured a new plot and are making plans for the garden. “We’ve got less than half an acre now, not two-and-a-half acres, so we have to think carefully about what we want. That’s exciting, too.” As for Wychwood, well, no garden is ever finished, and whoever takes it on will bring their own dreams, shaping a new future for this extraordinary place.

GARDEN GUIDE Location This two-and-a-half-acre garden is in northern Tasmania, at the foot of the

Great Western Tiers.

Soil type Alluvial, sandy loam over a subsoil of karst (limestone rock). Special features One of the most admired gardens in Australia, with a Spiral Hedge,

Grass Labyrinth, Birch Copse and vegetable garden created from scratch over 25 years. For further information, see Wychwood: The Making of One of the World’s Most Magical Gardens by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper, published by Murdoch Books.


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BARN CONVERSION Following 15 years of painstaking work, a series of rural buildings has become a relaxed, versatile home, perfect for entertaining and haven from busy life


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A classic sofa (opposite page) is updated with richly coloured velvet cushions that reference the shades of the rug. Sofa, £3,500, Van Thiel at Osprey London, 01582 877205, SITTING ROOM

The Ellisdons like to take their time decorating the Christmas

tree (this page). “Everyone has a drink in hand and we listen to Frank Sinatra,” says Alex. “It’s all very nostalgic.” Christmas tree, around £90, Dawnay Farm Christmas Trees, 07896 655877, For similar artworks by John Marshall, try Two Kats and a Cow Gallery, 01273 776746,


Panelling painted a soft blue has been paired with vibrant pink accents offering a contemporary take on classic country style. Festive flowers throughout, Kate de Boinville Flowers, 01438 869203.


Windows onto the stairwell (opposite page, top left) are a clever architectural detail that break up the double-height wall. Karawan two-seater sofa, from £2,610, Roche Bobois, 020 7317 8828, EXTERIOR

“There are lots of timber-framed buildings in this part of the world, but our barn is unusual as it also has brickwork,” says Alex of her home’s construction (opposite page, top right). BOOT ROOM

Built-in storage and matching dog beds for Winnie, Ted and Bumble make for an orderly space (far left). Imperial slate floor tiles, £24.88sq m, Fired Earth, 01295 814396, ENTRANCE HALL

Running oak flooring though to the sitting room unifies the two spaces (left). Inky table lamp and shade, £350, Osprey London, 01582 877205,


or Alex and Graeme Ellisdon, the couple behind luxury leather goods and homewares company Osprey London, creating this family home, which they share with their children, Jack, Freddie and Harri, has been a long journey. It was 15 years before Alex could describe their Grade II-listed barn, coach house and surroundings buildings in rural Hertfordshire as “fairly sorted out”. However, the sensitively converted property and rich yet relaxed interiors have been worth the wait. Alex tells us more.

countries such as Morocco, where water features and plants are linked with the interiors of the home. The arrangement of the buildings here gave us the rare opportunity to create an English version of that.

What made you take on such a big project? Graeme and I are dreamers. Our friends probably thought we were mad, but we were able to see how it could turn out. We both find architecture and the materials used in the construction process fascinating. We’re inspired by the chance to give new life to old or tired structures, and like to turn them into something that works for today without destroying their original integrity.

What did you decide you wanted to achieve with the house? On a practical level, we wanted somewhere we could be together as a family, but we realised we were also keen to ensure there was capacity to allow us to enjoy our own space. Emotionally, it was important to create a haven with heart and soul.

Can you tell us what you envisioned? We love the enclosed courtyards that you find in


Why did it take so long? We needed to develop the buildings in phases, when time and finances permitted, but we also found that slowing down and living with the space before making decisions was the best way to tackle a project of this scale. It allowed us to really work out what we needed as a family.

Where did you find inspiration for the decorating scheme? Nature is vital to us, and it was essential that the interiors work with the garden, so we chose organic materials and earthy colours. We also favour craftspeople

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who use traditional techniques, such as metalwork specialists Arcangel, from whom we commissioned beautiful door handles. Was there anything particularly challenging about creating the look you wanted? Lots of exposed oak beams can feel oppressive, so we’ve painted them the same colour as the ceiling in places to lighten the atmosphere and to give the artwork and sculptures we collect room to breathe. Does the house lend itself to entertaining? We threw a big bash this autumn to celebrate thirty-five years of Osprey London. If energy and work permitted, we would host more often, but the great thing about this place is it also feels intimate when it’s just the two of us. It’s a wonderful family space. Although Harri is away at school and Jack and Freddie are reaching the end of their education, we have created a home that is easy for them and their friends to come back to. You have put a lot of thought into the kitchen; is cooking something you enjoy? Graeme and I adore cooking. We grow our

own fruit and vegetables and Graeme likes to throw something together from whatever is fresh and seasonal. I would love to be able to do that, but I prefer a recipe book. I do loosen up around Christmas time though, when I get plenty of opportunities to practice. How do you celebrate the festive season? We’re big on decorations, and I am fanatical about the Christmas tree. Fortunately, Freddie feels the same way so we can spend a whole day at the Christmas tree farm finding one that is the perfect shape and size. It drives the rest of the family crazy. We have an open-house policy and love welcoming friends and family. It’s very relaxed; we like everyone to feel free to do as they please. What is the routine on Christmas Day itself? In the morning, we drink champagne by the open fire. Breakfast is sausages and steak, which probably sounds over the top, but it’s a throwback to my Fenland childhood. Some of the hardy types (not me) will take a dip in the pool outside. Then lunch, which we all help to prepare, is mid-afternoon. It is a traditional and very mellow a≠air.



Exposing the pitched roof and adding a window floods the room (opposite page) with light, while a discreet bar solves the problem of where to hang the pendant light. Bespoke cabinetry, from £28,800, Terence Allen Cabinet Makers, 01707 338294, STUDY

A woodburning stove, upholstered seating and a trunk-style coffee table (above left) make this a luxurious and cosseting work space. Walls in City-Grey, Oil Eggshell, £51 for 2.5 litres, Zoffany, 0844 543 4600, Similar built-in woodburning stove, from around £2,500, J Day Stoneworks, 01727 823326, LANDING

Floor-to-ceiling windows (above), framed in wood to match the original roof beams, help to bring the outside in. Hampton runner in Biscuit, £118m, Roger Oates, 01531 632718,

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A palette of silver, mink and cream combined with tactile fur and velvet give this scheme (above left) glamorous appeal. Chatapur carpet in Zinc, £162sq m, Jacaranda, 020 7351 6496, Similar wall light, Cama LED reading light, £355.27, John Cullen Lighting, 020 7371 9000, FREDDIE’S BEDROOM

The built-in desk and seating (above) keep this room practical and streamlined. Original 1227 table lamp, from £175, Anglepoise, 02392 224450, MAIN BATHROOM

“I like to lie in the bath and watch the clouds or look out over the countryside,” says Alex of this indulgent space (left). Similar free-standing bath, Coniston, £3,900, CP Hart, 0845 873 1121,

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DREAM ROOMS This month, our ďŹ ve beautiful schemes include an inviting kitchen in marble, stainless steel and wood (page 134), a boutique-style bathroom featuring statement pattern (page 150) and a stylish bedroom with a bohemian mix of antiques and bespoke pieces (page 154). IDEAS From simple all-white designs to spectacular looks in red and gold, we bring you inspiration for decorating the perfect Christmas tree, plus expert advice on how to achieve the look you want (page 161). ADVICE Celia Rufey answers your design queries (page 171). DECEMBER 2015 | H&G | 133


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Classic painted cabinetry and striking marble, stainless steel, glass and warming wood bring distinctive character to this inviting family kitchen


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DESIGNER Jane Stewart, Mowlem & Co, 020 7610 6626, BUDGET Around £100,000.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROJECT? The kitchen was part of a much bigger refurbishment, which included digging out a full basement that spans the front and rear gardens of this south-west London house. Once that was secure, a large open-plan room was created on the ground floor by amalgamating the existing sitting room, kitchen and conservatory. New Crittalstyle glazing opens onto an inviting enclosed terrace, effectively expanding the space into the garden for use in the warmer months. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED? The project’s architect,

Mark Batten from Quartet Architecture, introduced me to the owner, Stephanie Rakowski, and we hit it off immediately. She is studying interior design and has very distinctive, well-considered ideas. The overall look and feel came from Stephanie; my role was to turn her ideas into reality and help with the technical side of creating a high-spec kitchen.

The client wanted an eclectic scheme incorporating some beloved antique pieces.” WHAT WAS THE DESIGN BRIEF? Stephanie envisaged

an eclectic scheme that was classically inspired, but absolutely of its time. She wanted to incorporate some beloved family pieces, including antique dining furniture, to give the room familiarity and warmth. It was very much designed as a family space, where her husband, Arthur, and their children, William, 16, and Sophie, 14, could relax, but it also had to be equipped for entertaining.

TOP A neat recess houses the cat’s bowls; an antiqued mirror splashback adds a note of glamour above the drinks area. ABOVE The extra prep sink is useful when entertaining. BELOW Espagnolette

bolts provide an elegant detail; the industrial pot filler suits the professional look of the range.

HOW DID YOU PLAN THE LAYOUT? The overall room is

large but we kept the cooking zone quite tight for efficiency and to leave space for dining and soft seating. The wine cooler and drinks station are on the perimeter for easy access, especially when cooking is in full swing, and we installed an extra prep sink in the island, dedicating the back wall to a large range cooker. Not only did this allow for easy external venting of the heavy-duty extractor, but it also left the space above the island free for some pretty glass pendants, instead of a cooker hood. WHICH MATERIALS AND COLOURS DID YOU CHOOSE?

The most commanding material is definitely the Bianca Eclipsia marble, which is a really dense and durable


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marble with beautiful grey and white markings that create a wonderful sense of movement.We used the same surface for the worktops and splashbacks to achieve subtle continuity along both vertical and horizontal lines. As the pattern is quite busy, we selected soft grey paint tones for the cabinetry – Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe on the island and Plummett on the surrounding units. HOW DID YOU SELECT THE APPLIANCES? Having lived

in America for a time, Stephanie was keen to enjoy the high performance and generous capacity of appliances she had seen there. We opted for a big, gutsy Wolf range cooker and teamed it with a spacious fridge and freezer from sister-brand Sub-Zero. We also installed a pot-filler tap above the range, so that pans can be filled or topped up with ease. The stainless-steel appliances bring a slightly industrial, Manhattan-loft aesthetic to the space, which works perfectly with the Crittal-style windows and is fabulous for dinner parties.

The appliances bring an industrial, Manhattan-loft aesthetic to the space.” CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CHIMNEY HOOD?

Stephanie helped to design the shape and detailing – we wanted to avoid overpowering the elevation with an ornate mantel, but it still needed to house the incredibly large and strong motor for the extraction unit. The simplicity of this piece, and of the bespoke cabinets in general, meant that we could afford to be more elaborate with other features in the room, such as the bespoke espagnolette bolts on the glass-fronted wall cupboards above the wine storage.

idea – practical and unobtrusive. Stephanie didn’t want to create a beautiful space only to have her cat’s food bowls on view. Obviously, they needed to be accessible but tucking them neatly under the island unit is a simple way to keep them out of sight and also to prevent them being kicked or tripped over. WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? I think the main challenge when working with talented, designoriented clients such as Stephanie is the extra pressure that comes with making sure that I live up to their standards and deliver their ideas, exactly as they are envisaged. This kitchen is a great example of teamwork – the architect, client and Mowlem & Co, plus lighting design by John Cullen – we all really strived to keep the detailing crisp, pure and balanced in every way. FIND ALL THE LATEST DESIGN IDEAS FOR YOUR KITCHEN AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/KITCHEN

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ABOVE With its beautiful and distinctive grey and white markings, Bianca Eclipsia marble is the dominant material in the scheme. On the island, the 3cm-thick worktop is cantilevered by 30cm at one end to provide informal breakfast bar seating with plenty of legroom.


Architecture, Quartet Architecture, 020 8704 0804, Bespoke cabinetry, from £35,000, Mowlem & Co, 020 7610 6626, Worktops and splashbacks, Bianca Eclipsia marble, from £720sq m, Stewkley Stone, 01525 240711, Range cooker ICBDF486G, £16,800; fridge ICBBI-36R/S/TH, £9,360; freezer ICBBI-36F/S/TH, £9,840; single oven ICBS030TE/S, £4,800; wine storage ICB424G/S/TH/LH, £5,040; all Sub-Zero and Wolf, 0845 250 0010, subzero-wolf. Boiling-water tap, £1,581; mixer tap, £833; both Grohe, 0871 200 3414, Single-bowl sinks,

48.5cm wide, £364; 71cm wide, £503; pot-filler tap, £513; all Sterling, 01684 299555, Lighting design, John Cullen, 020 7371 5400, Large glass bell shades (above island), from £198 each, Hector Finch, 020 7731 8886, Antiqued mirror splashback, from £396sq m, Rough Old Glass, 0845 548 8586, rougholdglass. Bar stools BS10, £531 each (excluding leather), Wychwood Design, 01993 851575 , Bespoke espagnolette bolts, £321 each; cup handles, £23 each; all Courtyard Architectural Hardware, 01386 48993,


AND THE PET BOWL NICHE? This feeding area is a great

H&G | PROMOTION This Cooke & Lewis Carisbrooke Framed kitchen features Taupe base units with Oak wall cupboards.



B&Q offers an impressive variety of high-quality designs at great-value prices, so you can make your new kitchen the stylish heart of your home



he role of the kitchen is changing. It’s no longer a room just for cooking in: it’s now the place in which many of us choose to eat dinner, relax as a family and entertain our friends, so it’s worth taking time to create a space that caters to these changing needs. When planning a new kitchen, think carefully about your lifestyle, how you and your family use the room, and what you might like to include – if you’ll be socialising in there, you may want to consider items such as bar stools, a dining table, a sofa and a TV. Make a list of your favourite appliances and design features, tear pictures from magazines for inspiration, and take the basic dimensions of your space. Then head to B&Q, the UK’s number-one kitchen retailer*, to see a huge range of high-quality options. Every B&Q kitchen is not only great value for money,

it is also designed to look good and is built to last. For example, all of B&Q’s cabinet doors are rigorously tested to ensure they meet British and European quality standards, resulting in durable products that are supplied with a ten-year guarantee. It is also reassuring to know that every Cooke & Lewis kitchen cabinet is made by its skilled team in Devon. Using cutting-edge technology the cabinets are built with longevity in mind. Dedicated experts at B&Q will guide you through your project with a free consultation service to help you design, plan and personalise your ideal kitchen using the B&Q Spaces interactive 3D planning tool. Their Homefit installation team also provides a five-year workmanship guarantee, so you’re in safe hands every step of the way.

IT Kitchens Santini Gloss White Slab with a breakfast bar.

KEY LOOKS FOR CABINETRY How to choose the right layout and style for your home


new kitchen should be a pleasure to spend time in – an inviting place at the heart of your home. So take time to ensure you select a look that suits your style and sits comfortably with the rest of your house, and that you create a design that will make your life easier and bring family and friends together. While you are mulling over whether to go for gloss or matt, wood or painted finishes, bold statement colours or calm neutrals, it’s also crucial to think about the layout. Of course, this will depend on the size and shape of the space, and the position of windows and doors, but bear in mind you can usually move plumbing and electrical points, so they need not necessarily restrict your design. There are four key layouts to consider: a single run of units, a double run with units facing each other (also known as a galley

kitchen), L-shaped and U-shaped. You could even introduce an island or breakfast bar to create one of these layouts by moving cabinetry away from the walls, giving you more freedom. Perhaps the most important element of the design is that it adheres to the classic “working triangle”, with the sink, fridge and cooker sited in easy reach of each other for maximum efficiency. You may also want to include a fourth point, the serving or eating area, with the hob and oven close by so that you don’t have to cross the kitchen carrying hot pans – especially if you have young children. Once you’ve planned a layout, it’s time to think about style. At B&Q you can choose from an exciting collection of Cooke & Lewis and IT Kitchens designs, so you can enjoy your dream kitchen without paying premium prices.


The Cooke & Lewis Chesterton Solid Oak Classic kitchen is made of sustainable timber, selected for its even grain and colour tone.


■ Natural timber is a time-honoured favourite, thanks to its warmth and tactile beauty. ■ Although it’s a traditional choice, it can be given a modern update with a streamlined design. ■ Timber works beautifully with other natural materials and with an earthy colour palette for a contemporary neutral look. ■ It works equally well as a warm contrast to sleek steel and industrial fittings. ■ Wood is a natural material and ideal for characterful, practical kitchen designs.


■ Great for contemporary kitchens, the simple lines of slab doors with a smooth gloss finish create an ultra-minimalist look. ■ The reflective surface will enhance the feeling of space, in any size of kitchen, as it helps to bounce light around the room. ■ This finish is easy to keep clean – simply wipe down with a soft, non-abrasive cloth – which makes it ideal for messy cooks and busy families. ■ Personalise your room with your favourite colour and finish – modern matt is available, too. ■ Avoid a clinical look by introducing colour and curves to soften the design. The Cooke & Lewis Carisbrooke kitchen in Cashmere brings traditional Shaker style up to date in a gentle, warm shade of grey.


■ Timber kitchens with

a painted finish offer a classic look, especially on traditional Shaker style cabinetry. ■ Select shades of warm grey or cool ivory for a

kitchen that’s an up-to-date take on timeless style. ■ Some painted finishes are brushed to reveal the soft, open grain of the timber for a naturally beautiful result ■ Try mixing different shades

– wall units in a lighter tone, and an island in a darker one, which will add interest and definition.




designed to fit neatly beneath the worktop. A built-under fridge is ideal for drinks or to supplement a larder fridge if you regularly cook for a crowd. ■ For wine lovers, a builtunder cooler is ideal. A slimline model will fit into most kitchens, whatever their size.

important, especially if you have an open-plan room. ■ A downdraft cooker hood, which glides up from the worksurface at the touch of a button, is a minimalist, modern solution.

■ Some appliances are

■ Good extraction is

A downdraft extractor, which rises from the worktop, is a neat option.


■ This type of appliance offers plenty of oven capacity and a spacious hob top – essential for dinner parties and Sunday roasts. ■ Frame it with a stylish surround to create a classic look and wow-factor focal point.

Create a surround for a range to make a striking statement.

Positioning a slimline cooler in an island ensures wine is close to hand for entertaining.


An appliance bank looks smart and is extremely practical.

Energy-efficient performance and high-tech features will make your appliances a pleasure to use



■ For a sleek and streamlined finish, built-in appliances are a good choice. ■ A bank of eye level ovens is easy to reach and use. Look for matching built-in appliances of the same height, width and style. ■ Add a warming drawer to keep meals hot before serving, or to warm plates.

ood-quality appliances will help you enjoy your new kitchen, delivering great cooking results or helping you speed through the clearing up with ease. At the beginning of your project, take some time to think about the kind of appliances you would like to include. This is especially important when it comes to large items, such as an American-style fridge-freezer or range cooker, as these will have a big impact on the layout of your room. If you are a fan of cooking a Sunday roast for all the family, you may want greater oven capacity, while keen cooks might benefit from all the features that a multifunction oven has to offer, including a choice of fan and conventional settings. Pyrolytic oven programs burn off dirt and grease at very high temperatures, so all you need to do is wipe out the ash, making the oven easy to keep clean – a real bonus if you use it frequently. Induction hobs are quick, efficient and very safe, making them a good choice if you have young children. They may be more expensive than a gas or ceramic hob to buy, but are usually cheaper to run. Choose energy-efficient appliances and those that use less water if you can, as they are not only better for the environment, but will also save you money on your fuel bills.



■ Stainless-steel sinks are

■ Monobloc taps, for use

affordable, easy to clean, hygienic and long-lasting, and won’t chip or crack if properly cared for. ■ Composite sinks are ultra-strong, as quartz is added during manufacture. They can withstand very high temperatures and are almost impossible to scratch. ■ Ceramic sinks are smooth to the touch and wipe down easily after use, although do take care with heavier objects to avoid chipping. ■ Inset stainless-steel sinks in a surround of sleek toughened glass offer beauty with practicality.

on sinks manufactured with one tap hole, can be controlled by single or double levers. They are available in a range of styles from traditional to modern. ■ Swivel spouts are practical because they can be moved out of the way while the sink is in use. ■ Pull-out sprays are versatile and make washing and rinsing easier. ■ For a distinctive appearance, look out for B&Q’s coloured taps, such as Cooke & Lewis Zale in Metallic Black. Pair with a black composite sink for a striking effect.

A half bowl is ideal for washing vegetables, rinsing dishes or housing a waste disposal unit. A surface-mounted stainlesssteel design with attached draining board is a simple solution for a sleek finish that is easy to maintain.

NEW IDEAS FOR SINKS, TAPS AND WORKTOPS These innovative solutions in a range of materials and finishes are as practical as they are good looking


oday’s kitchen is just as likely to be filled with friends and family as it is with food, so the details count: the worktop needs to look good while you chop and chat, and the sink and tap can suggest style as well as practicality. B&Q offers a great selection of options that are easy on the eye, at the same time as being functional and durable. Granite worktops have real wow factor, but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, consider a quartz surface, which has similar impact with scratch resistance and a smaller price tag. A solid wood worktop creates a warm, natural look, and is supplied pre-treated with wax oil for protection. Or how about a laminate design? B&Q offers the latest highdefinition laminate worktops with realistic textured wood and granite finishes to complement your kitchen design, in a variety of thicknesses with curved and square edging options, at prices that won’t break the bank. Sinks and taps come in a wide range of different styles to suit your needs. At B&Q you’ll find everything from sleek sinks that fit perfectly into the most minimalist and streamlined of schemes to the latest professional-style pull-out taps.


■ Pick your colour and style: darker tones can add impact and contrast, while cool whites and soft naturals can introduce a lighter feel. ■ Consider how your choice looks not just with the cupboard doors, but also against the flooring. ■ Introduce a mix of worksurface materials for a modern look; this can also be a very practical way to zone the different areas of your kitchen. For example, wood makes a comfortable, warm-to-thetouch breakfast bar, while quartz is a durable prep surface.

The linear design of this kitchen is accentuated by the worktop, which frames the cupboards, running to the floor.



■ Shelving is an affordable option that offers easy access to cooking equipment. ■ You can create attractive displays, but this type of storage is best for frequently used items to prevent dust gathering.

Tall open shelves make good use of wall space and are ideal in a smaller room.

GETTING ORGANISED Savvy storage solutions will make sure everything you need is easy to find and close to hand


A cook’s table on wheels offers useful prep space and lower shelf storage for ingredients, pans and crockery.

arefully considered storage is the best way to make your kitchen work harder for you. Clever cabinetry interiors transform a scheme from one that not only looks good but also functions brilliantly, cutting down on the time required to cook a meal and clear up afterwards, and making the whole process far easier and more enjoyable. Start by thinking about what you need to fit into your new kitchen and how you like to cook. In addition to essential storage for pots and pans close to the hob and for china near the dining table, you might also want somewhere to display your favourite glassware or store your wine collection, stash your baking equipment or simply organise your most-used spices and oils close to where you cook. Your B&Q design consultant can help you zone your kitchen so that utensils and pots are stored close to your hob and oven, dry foods in a larder cupboard close to the fridge, and crockery near the dishwasher and sink. B&Q offers a host of top-quality Kesseböhmer clever storage options available to help you make the most of every inch of space. No-one wants

“Open shelves not only utilise empty wall space, they can also become a feature with arrangements of china or pictures.” to be down on hands and knees scrabbling at the back of a cupboard, so pull-outs allow you to see everything at a glance. For tricky corners, a carousel or kidney-shaped pull-out unit makes a nifty solution, while deep drawers on fully extendable runners are ideal for holding pots and pans. Open shelves not only help utilise empty wall space, they can also be made into a design feature with arrangements of your favourite china, pretty bottles or pictures. Get creative: displays in a single colour can look very striking, as can a collection of brightly painted enamelware or modern utilitarian storage jars. And don’t forget the cook’s table: the lower shelf is ideal for storing big and beautiful baskets, pots or serving dishes. Storage is not just about making life easier, it’s also about making your room your own.

Open box shelving is a stylish modern design solution.


■ The ideal way to store things out of sight, cupboards help create an uncluttered look. ■ A row of base cabinets below the sink can cleverly conceal a dishwasher, plus unsightly waste and recycling bins, cloths and detergents. ■ Tall cupboards can serve as a modern larder for storing pasta, rice, tins and other dry foods. Internal pull-outs make for easy access. ■ A double-door breakfast cupboard is useful for busy mornings: keep mugs and bowls, tea and coffee, cereals and jams together, and if you have room to plug in the coffee machine and toaster, so much the better.

Make use of every inch of space: this curved corner cabinet opens to reveal neatly fitting curved shelves.


Fully extending deep drawers on smoothaction runners make it simple to store and reach pans.

■ Internal dividers prevent contents from sliding around and knocking against each other, and are useful for storing cutlery, utensils, pots, pans and even china. ■ Think about all the things you need to store: shallow drawers can be ideal for rolls of cling film and aluminium foil, while deeper drawers are more suitable for pots and pans. ■ Allocate a pull-out for at-a-glance storage of herbs and spices. Label lids or sides of jars clearly, according to the way they sit in the drawer, or choose transparent containers. ■ B&Q has teamed up with Kesseböhmer to provide a host of clever storage solutions for you to use your kitchen space for the things you choose.

Safely store your wines on this pull-out wire rack.


The Cooke & Lewis Raffello High Gloss Anthracite Slab kitchen makes a bold statement.

DESIGN SERVICE Help is at hand to guide you through the process of creating the kitchen of your dreams

LEFT This eight-cabinet example includes a 1000mm base unit, 500mm multi-drawer base unit, 600mm builtunder oven housing unit, 500mm base unit, 600mm larder unit, two 500mm wall units and a 1000mm wall unit. It also comes with a 3m laminated worktop, handles, cornice, plinth and light pelmet.


eady to start planning your kitchen? Then book an appointment with one of B&Q’s specialist Design Consultants to work with you on the best layout and style for your home and your family. Your free consultation is dedicated to helping you design, plan and personalise your ideal kitchen, complete with Spaces technology, a 3D online planning tool. This interactive software offers plenty of inspiration, so you can pick door, worktop and handle styles, plus appliances, all to match your budget. It will also help to create your layout and tailor your design – down to the tiles, paint and flooring – with professional advice from your Consultant. And, even after you have left the store, you can play around with your preferences from home to refine your design, all with expert help available as you need it. Once your design is settled, review your online shopping list. So confident is B&Q of its quality kitchens that, if you find a comparable kitchen cheaper elsewhere, B&Q will beat the price by ten per cent. In addition, you can choose from a range of flexible finance options, allowing you to have the kitchen you want, when you want it. Visit financial-services for details.

Discover your dream kitchen with B&Q. Call 0333 014 3098 or visit com/diy/design_ consultation/.

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RAISING THE BAR DESIGNER Tara Bernerd, Tara Bernerd & Partners, 020 7245 1658,


Bespoke Max sofas, David Linley, 020 7730 7300, Sofas in Incroyable 17197-01, linen mix, £118m, Dominique Kieffer at Rubelli, 020 7349 1590, QT armchair, Stellar Works at Kurate, 020 7575 3185, kurate. Armchair in Knightsbridge CH34539/04, wool, £283.20m, Turnell & Gigon, 020 7259 7280, Divided Lands bronze coffee table, Studio Roeper, 001 415 216 5714, (In background) Amelie armchair in leather,

The seductive mix of chic furnishings, atmospheric lighting and edgy finishes in this stylish scheme offers plenty of inspiration for creating a sleek, sophisticated living room

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE? This is the Gordon Bar in SIXTY SoHo,

a luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan. Although situated on the same floor, the bar and adjoining lobby felt very separate from each other. Our aim was to create a space that marries the bar with the lobby, bringing energy and light by day, while making it a seductive place to sip a martini or two in the evening. WHAT WAS THE STARTING POINT FOR THE SCHEME? First, we looked at

how we could improve the flow and architectural language of the space. We wanted to create an aesthetic that is indigenous to the area, so we used Crittall doors and windows, through which scenes from downtown New York are visible on one side of the room. The glass doors seen here open into a room beyond, which in turn segues into an enclosed garden terrace. Zoning was key to the layout: it was important to create nooks and cocooning spaces to make it feel like a home away from home. WHICH FINISHES YOU HAVE USED? For the ceiling, wall and floor treatments I chose industrial, edgy finishes. We added wrought-iron beams and a textured, raised wallpaper to the ceiling and clad the walls with concrete panels. For the floor, we used a bespoke design of hexagonal encaustic concrete tiles, which is reminiscent of the tiled floors seen in grand Italian homes.

industrial finishes and smart furniture was inspired by the Maison de Verre in Paris; I wanted to recreate its slightly academic, eclectic attitude. The furniture is primarily mid-20th century and we introduced luxurious materials, such as the bronze coffee table, to contrast with the rawness of the concrete and wrought iron. In the lobby, we used velvets in petrol blue and amber and carried this through to the bar, albeit in a more muted fashion, with lots of moody, smoky tones. Every piece is unique, from the tailored sofas with leather piping to the 1950s-style chair reupholstered in a flannel fabric. HOW DID YOU DEVISE THE LIGHTING SCHEME? The lights are all on dimmer systems, so that the mood can be easily adjusted. I prefer to avoid heavy downlights and instead had bulbs inserted into the iron beams, as a wink to classic Hollywood style. The floor and table lamps are vintage pieces, while the wall lights were designed for the project and feature smoked mirrored glass that gives added twinkle at night. FIND MORE LIVING ROOM IDEAS AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/LIVING-ROOM

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£899, Freifrau, 0116 289 7142, 1950s Italian articulating floor lamp; 1950s desk lamp by Louis Kalff; both BG Galleries, 001 617 901 4333, Bespoke stools and wall lights, Tara Bernerd & Partners, 020 7245 1658, Exotic cowhide in Natural, Cowhide Rugs Pampa, 001 905 338 0399, cowhiderugs Bespoke blue rug, Brintons, 0800 505055, brintons. Bespoke hexagonal cement tiles, £73sq m, Mosaic del Sur, 020 3514 0483,

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MAKING SPACE DESIGNER Lara Francis, Lara Francis Design, 020 3239 7732, BUDGET Around £25,000.

Dark shades and statement pattern are a surprising choice for a small bathroom, but combining them with clever space-saving ideas and reflective surfaces gives this scheme a sense of relaxed sophistication

WHERE IS THIS BATHROOM? It is the main bathroom in Benita and

Dominic Barretto’s home, which is a lovely Georgian terraced property in south London. Benita had seen one of our bathroom designs in Homes & Gardens a couple years ago and asked me to come and take a look. At the time she was working as a city banker, but she enjoyed renovating her home so much she has since retrained and set up her own interior design company. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE SPACE? The room was very dated with rotten

flooring and cheap fittings. The shower enclosure was particularly small and unpleasant, with large cracks in the tile grout. At 2.1x3.2m the room’s dimensions were not expansive, but it had a seriously high ceiling, which made the space feel awkward. To address this we ended up lowering the ceiling to give the room a sense of balance. The bathroom’s saving grace, however, was the discovery of an original sash window, which was found hiding behind greying tiles and then painstakingly restored. WHAT WAS THE DESIGN BRIEF? Benita wanted an elegant, luxurious,

boutique-like room. She asked for a larger shower, basin and bath than those previously there, and wanted to create an increased sense of space overall. As there wasn’t any option to physically expand the room, this project was a real challenge that required a lot of thought with regard to the spatial impact of every element.

tricks come into play here. Laying a dark floor creates a sense of depth, which gives the illusion of the room being longer and wider than it actually is. This was enhanced by a wall-hung vanity and a level-access shower with minimalist enclosure, both of which increase the amount of visible flooring. Installing the tiles in several directions, and choosing a soft, organic-shaped bath, also help to improve the sense of flow. By keeping the main bathroom products sleek, minimal and unfussy, we were able to introduce pattern and texture without encroaching on the room’s feeling of space. WHY DID YOU OPT FOR A DARK COLOUR SCHEME? For a small room,

the natural instinct is to use pale colours, but we deliberately chose a deep, moody palette because the north-facing window would have made a lighter scheme feel dingy and drab. The dark floor creates drama and the striking bamboo pattern wallpaper in muted greys and

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THIS PICTURE The trailing bamboo and

stylised fans of the elegant Japanese-inspired Tamaki wallpaper make an eye-catching focal point, while the realistic porcelain Cumbria ďŹ&#x201A;oor tiles emulate the natural beauty of English stone. ABOVE LEFT To keep the room free from condensation, the virtually frameless glass shower is a sealed unit with internal ventilation. LEFT Formed from Corian composite stone, the vanity top has a sleek surface with two seamlessly integrated basins.


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golds is brought beautifully to life by the cool, diffused quality of the north-facing light. In fact, a north-facing room will always give a truer representation of dark colours than a room with warmer and more abundant natural light. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE FABULOUS WALLPAPER? I had wanted to use this gorgeous Japanese-inspired Tamaki paper by Romo in a bathroom project for quite a while, but was waiting for the right opportunity to present itself. I was delighted when Benita also fell for its charm, as I knew it would make the perfect feature wall. It’s elegant but contemporary – always a winning formula. WHAT INSPIRED THE VANITY UNIT DESIGN? Bringing minimalist pieces

into a period home can help prevent the space from feeling cluttered and dated. This unit is adapted from a previous bespoke design I had commissioned, but this version has more storage. The basins were also integrated into the worktop for a continuous, easy-clean surface.

Easy maintenance, efficiency and a modern look were high priorities.” AND THE MIRROR CABINET ABOVE? We designed the mirror cabinet to recess seamlessly into the wall, but as the house is a Grade II-listed building we had to obtain planning permission to be able to interrupt the fabric of the wall. This may sound extreme, but the flush-fit really helps with the sense of space above the basins. In a small room, every inch you can claw back makes a big difference. WHAT IS THE KEY TO THIS ROOM’S SUCCESS? The combination of textures – a composite stone bath, quarried stone-look floor tiles and the bamboo pattern – all add to the organic feel. Using materials with reflective qualities, such as the large mirror cabinet, mother-of-pearl mosaics and the metallic foil in the wallpaper, lifts the moodiness of the room and brings the scheme to life.

SOURCES Olympic free-standing stone composite bath, £2,246, Adamsez, 028 9081 7631, Design floor-standing bath spout in polished chrome, £234; Hansgrohe Axor Starck single function hand shower, £224; Hansgrohe Axor Citterio M single-lever basin mixer in polished chrome, £239; Hansgrohe Axor 240mm Raindance fixed showerhead with shower arm in polished chrome, £385; Hansgrohe Axor Citterio M thermostatic shower valve, £468; Matki Eauzone shower enclosure, from £1,064; all CP Hart, 0845 600 1950, Bespoke vanity in Pearlised Greige with

Corian basins and mirror cabinet, £5,500, Barbara Genda, 020 7978 2349, Cumbria porcelain floor tiles in Darksand, from £54.95sq m; Mother-of-Pearl Hexagons mosaics in Grey, £445.74sq m; both Surface Tiles, 020 7819 2300, Tamaki wallpaper (colour discontinued), £53.50 a roll, Romo, 01623 756699, Big Bertha towel rail, H180xW60cm, £396, Living House, 01722 415000, Walls in Felt V, Household Emulsion, £41 for 2.5 litres; woodwork in Felt IV, eggshell, £55 for 2.5 litres; both Paint & Paper Library, 020 7823 7755,


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ABOVE The mosaic tiles of the vanity splashback are real mother-of-pearl,

which brings a natural beauty and understated glamour to the space.

BELOW Planning permission was needed to recess the mirror cabinet into

the wall of this listed property, but the streamlined result was worth the effort.



020 7730 3258,


Bespoke silk curtain and canopy fabrics, Gainsborough, 01787 372081, gainsborough. Bespoke striped carpet, Ulster, 028 3833 4433, Similar blanket, Witney horse blanket square, 205x210cm, £164, Friday Fox, 01254 701458, Wall paint, Charleston Gray, Estate

The imagined escapades of an unconventional great aunt provided the starting point for this richly textured, bohemian-style scheme

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROJECT? This is a bedroom in The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, London, a project that involved transforming two Georgian townhouses into a thirteen-bedroom hotel. In order to give the interior rich character and interest, the clients and I invented an imaginary owner, Great Aunt Wilhelmina, who we saw as an eccentric 18th-century Vivienne Westwood. We envisioned her as having once lived in a large country house but, due to her dastardly son gambling away all their money, being forced to move to a smaller house, hence the oversized pieces of furniture. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE KEY TO DESIGNING HOTEL INTERIORS? I believe

that I have a duty to give guests something they haven’t seen before; it’s important that they don’t walk into a room and immediately know where everything has come from. Most of the pieces in this scheme are either antique or custom made: all the fabrics were handwoven to order, enabling me to use slightly faded hues that give the sense of a comfortably worn-in home. HOW DID YOU DEVISE THE ROOM’S COLOUR PALETTE? We chose colours that

CAN YOU DISCUSS YOUR CHOICE OF FURNITURE? Antiques are a great way of adding personality to spaces and I have a huge warehouse filled with pieces that I collect for my projects. There is a real mix of eras here, including an Edwardian desk, which we painted grey, a Georgian chair, an Art Deco sofa and a very simple Victorian wardrobe with a large mirror that helps bounce light into the room. The half tester, which is made from the top of an elaborate mahogany wardrobe, gives the room a real focal point. The only piece that isn’t antique is the bespoke fruitwood cabinet (not seen), which holds the fridge and safe. The woods are all different, as was often the way in old country houses where nothing really matched. WHAT ABOUT THE LIGHTING? It’s important that a bedroom is lit beautifully, but this doesn’t have to involve complicated schemes. Here, the antique wall sconces above the bed come on as you walk into the room, casting soft light onto the pillows. It creates a subtle sense of theatre as you enter the space. FIND ALL THE LATEST SHOPPING BUYS FOR YOUR BEDROOM AT HOUSETOHOME.CO.UK/BEDROOM

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would run throughout the hotel, rather than selecting a different palette for each room. This encouraged a more ad hoc approach; for instance, we didn’t decide which curtains would go where until it came to dressing the rooms. I didn’t want everything to be perfectly harmonised, instead I wanted the suggestion that the curtains had been transported from a grander house and cut down to fit. I love these pale lemon curtains against the mushroom grey of the walls – the latter is what I call a “slubby” colour, it is very restful. The striped carpet is bespoke, and it pulls together all the hues I have used throughout the hotel.

Emulsion, £38 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball, 01202 850240, farrow-ball. com. For antiques, try The Saleroom,; Lyme Regis Antique Centre,; Jonathan Sainsbury, 01258 857573, and the antiques shops of Tetbury and Honiton.

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Designed as an extension of the sitting room, this London courtyard features a decorative panel that hides bicycles and a barbecue DESIGNER PROFILE After an early career as an

international lobbyist, Sue Townsend trained as a garden designer and was for several years the Blue Peter gardener. In 2004, she moved from London to Suffolk, where she now runs her successful design company. Sue has won two Society of Garden Designer Awards.

WHAT WAS THE GARDEN LIKE BEFORE YOU REDESIGNED IT? I had designed this garden about eight years earlier, but it had to be ripped out when the clients added an extension and renovated the rest of the house. The garden then became a building site and the extension made it smaller; it now measures about twenty one feet by sixteen feet. TELL US ABOUT THE DESIGN BRIEF The clients wanted the garden to be an extension of their sitting room, and to echo the feel and colours used inside the house. They asked for a simple yet structured design, for low-maintenance planting and somewhere to store bicycles. Lighting was requested, too, so that it could be used in the evenings, and the paving was to be set at the same level as the sitting room floor, to allow a smooth transition from inside to out. HOW DID YOU FULFIL THE BRIEF? Hiding bikes and a barbecue in a small

space can be a challenge and I didn’t want to take up valuable room with a garden shed. My solution was to use a screen made from galvanised steel. To complement the blue-grey tones of the stone and the colours in the house, T-wash, a treatment that turns unweathered metal darker, was applied and a decorative pattern cut into it. The seating area is paved with grey Yorkstone, which I edged with textural, vibrant planting. ANY TIPS FOR USING DECORATIVE FEATURES IN A GARDEN? When


used to soften the screen and paving, combines structural evergreens and flowering plants in colours that match the interior, such as blues, burgundy and pinks. Evergreens provide year-round interest, while cottage-style plants, like astrantias and geraniums, reflect the pattern on the screen. Scented jasmine clothes the fence on one side and the beds below are planted with penstemons and salvias. On the north-facing boundary, evergreen ferns, Liriope and fragrant Sarcococca (sweet box) provide ground cover, while bamboo adds height. In spring, bulbs such as alliums, tulips and narcissi bring the garden back to life.

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CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY HARDY EXOTICS FOR SHELTERED GARDENS? The dwarf palm, Chamaerops humilis, adds drama and is hardy in sheltered areas of Britain, while Phyllostachys aurea (fish-pole bamboo) is tough yet lends an exotic look. Other options for sheltered urban gardens include Chusan palm, Fatsia japonica, Magnolia grandiflora and phormiums. Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’, with its spiky leaves, is great for shady areas and survives harsh winters if grown in free-draining soil. WHAT LIGHTING WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR SMALL SPACES? I’m a firm believer in subtle lighting and like using adjustable spike LED spots with a warm white light to provide discrete illumination through plants. Uplighting sculptures and decorative panels is very effective, too; here, we lit the screen from both the front and the back by putting spotlights at the base to show off the texture and pattern.


commissioning an artwork or decorative feature, give a clear brief and discuss what is feasible in terms of the size and style; steel, for example, only comes in certain widths. Consider the design very carefully, especially if you are going to be looking at it every day. The image on the screen in this garden was a collaboration between me, the clients, and Paul and Catherine Richardson of Steel Sculptures. Don’t forget to discuss what foundations will be required to site the artwork, and how you will get it into the garden; in this case, space was severely limited.



1| Buxus sempervirens (common box). 2| Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’. 3| Erigeron karvinskianus. 4| Geranium Rozanne. 5| Cenolophium denudatum (Baltic parsley). 6| Euphorbia characias subsp characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’ (dwarf wood spurge). 7| Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’. 8| Helleborus orientalis ‘Yellow Lady’. 9| Chamaerops humilis (dwarf fan palm). 10| Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ (seed head). 11| Penstemon ‘Raven’. 12| Trachelospermum jasminoides. 13| Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’.


Burncoose Nurseries, 01209 860316, The Palm Centre, 020 8255 6191, The Walled Garden, 01728 602510, Woottens of Wenhaston, 01502 478258,


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The patio is lined with sawn grey Yorkstone from London Stone, 01753 212950, The footstools, chair and side table are all by Cane-Line, The bespoke screen was made by Paul Richardson Steel Sculptures, 01728 648328, steelsculptures. The lighting was supplied and installed by Moonlight Design, 020 8925 8639, The Canterbury Combi fencing is from Jacksons, 0800 408 2234, The contractor was Paul Pinnington of Everlasting Landscapes, 07807 043162.


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From pared-back contemporary chic to exuberant rainbow colours, there’s inspiration for every home in our selection of decorating ideas for Christmas trees ONE VISION Choosing decorations in a single colour will lend a stylish, unified appearance to your tree. Here, all-white suits the fresh feel of the room’s décor, while green stripes on the homemade baubles echo the shade of the foliage. The green-andwhite theme extends to the gift wrapping, too.

TWICE AS NICE Give a tabletop display extra impact by doubling up. On this console table, positioning two small potted trees together brings a sense of symmetry and enhances the festive feel. Tealights, an ornate bowl filled with cones of silvery sweets and paper stars on the wall all add to the seasonal charm.

LESS IS MORE A restrained approach allows the natural beauty of this tree to shine through. A few fairy lights and a scattering of baubles together with masses of ivy woven around the staircase create a chic Nordic mood.



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today is the Nordmann fir, a variety with excellent needle retention. Norway spruce was the tree beloved by our parents and it is still a traditional favourite, especially for its fragrance, but it will drop its needles if allowed to dry out. There are other more unusual varieties, such as blue spruce, Fraser fir and Scots pine, which offer different colours and shapes, but these may be harder to find. Prices vary across the country but, as a general guide, expect to pay

from £30 for a 6ft Norway spruce, and from £45 for a 6ft Nordmann fir. Q A cut tree should be fresh when purchased. Brush it gently with your fingers or tap it lightly on the ground; if it sheds lots of needles, it may be an old tree. Avoid those with brittle branches and dull needles. Cut off about half an inch from its base in order to open up its pores, put it in a bucket of water and keep it outside in a shady, sheltered spot until it is required indoors. Once inside, stand it in a

container that you can top up with water to help it last longer; you may be surprised by the amount of water it will drink. In the same way that you would care for cut flowers, avoid positioning the tree next to a radiator. Q A pot-grown tree is a good choice if you want a small tree or a second one for another room in the house. Grown in its container with its root system intact, you have a reasonable chance of success if you wish to plant it in the garden after the festive season.


DESIGN ADVICE DECORATING IDEAS PAUL THOMAS, owner and director, Paul Thomas Flowers, 020 7499 6889, paulthomas Q Start by carefully choosing the

size and shape of your tree: it should stop a few inches short of the ceiling. If you need to trim it, do so from the base even if it means sacrificing a few branches. Cutting the top off is a crime, as the tree will no longer have a beautiful triangular shape. Each year, we design the 25ft tree in the main entrance to The Ritz in London. It is clipped to the exact size needed, then we spend all night decorating it with 65 sets of soft white lights and a magical collection of decorations. Q One of the loveliest things about a Christmas tree is seeing those decorations that come out every year and remembering where they came from, especially those ornaments that date back to your childhood. I like to use them first and work from there to create a design that harmonises with the palette and proportions of the room. Q If it’s a large tree, it’s important to up the scale of the decoration. Hang some really large baubles, over-sized ornaments or big bows of velvet that sit on the branches to make it more distinctive, rather than lots of smaller decorations, which are not so tasteful. Q Alongside baubles, I like to feature long, thin decorations, such as icicles and chandelier drops, which give a really elegant look to a tree. Don’t hang them on the outermost points, however, because they will drag the branches down and create a droopy effect. You might also want to run the vertical lines upwards, perhaps by adding candles on cups. Q I like traditional colour combinations, such as red and gold, blue and silver or white and silver, rather than a single colour. The colours should be relevant to the room: a red-and-gold tree isn’t going to work in a grey-and-taupe interior. Having said that, what does it matter if you break a few rules?

PERFECT HARMONY For a cohesive effect, select tree decorations that match colours elsewhere in the room. This elegantly dressed tree picks out the teal shades of the rest of the scheme, while its position in front of a bay window ensures it offers Christmas cheer to the exterior of the home, too.

BRANCH OUT Contemporary interiors benefit from a fresh take on the traditional festive treatment, as demonstrated in this smart black-and-white scheme. A twig tree brings a sophisticated touch of subtle seasonal style, alongside candles on the mantel and two white wreaths on the wall.

WELL RED In this country dining room a tree dressed with super-sized baubles in vibrant red makes a dramatic statement. Christmas Style, 01453 751891, christmasstyle., sells baubles in a range of sizes, with diam20cm options priced at £10.50 each.


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TOP TWEETS The pretty effect of this twig tabletop design is enhanced by charming bird ornaments and star fairy lights. Try Christmas Time UK, 01427 667270,, for similar trees, from £14. BERRY GOOD Deep reds and plums are the accents for the tree decoration in this rustic home, which takes its cue from nature’s own decorative details. Fir cones and bunches of cinnamon accentuate the organic feel, while characterful ornaments add a personal touch.



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Q This year there’s a strong focus on woodland themes, with tree decoration inspired by the warmth of a modern chalet. The look works best if there is a playful element to it, with glass ornaments such as hedgehogs, foxes and owls. Colour schemes combine soft golds and red, while natural wood and glowing paper lights are also key. Add metallics, via some silver or gold acorns, for a touch of luxury. Q When choosing your decorations,

I’d suggest mixing different shapes within one colour range. Lights are all important; there are now so many different designs, from white paper string lights to red and white cherry lights. Battery-powered options are useful extras. Although the strings tend to be shorter (up to 2m), they don’t need to be plugged in to the mains supply, so are more versatile. Q Begin decorating by wrapping the tree in strings of lights, working

from the bottom up to the top. Take each type of ornament and hang them around the tree in an even spread before moving to the next type of decoration, so that you don’t end up with the same design bunched in one area and bald patches elsewhere. For the top of the tree, I would try to choose something tasteful and in keeping with the rest of the theme, such as a wicker star, rather than a huge angel.


Bundles of eucalyptus and dried lavender and oranges create a gorgeous festive fragrance, as well as bringing a natural feel to décor.” NIKKI TIBBLES, Wild at Heart, 020 7229 1174,

FRAGRANT FLAMBOYANCE An exuberant mix of baubles, bows and garlands of dried orange slices in a design by florist Nikki Tibbles make this tree as festive as it is aromatic. A potted tree with bespoke styling, delivery and installation costs from £750,Wild at Heart, 020 7229 1174,

SKIRTING THE ISSUE To enhance the decorative appeal of this compact tree, the base has been concealed with a skirt. Red ribbon and a pleated tree topper pick up on its design for a cohesive effect.

BRIGHT IDEA Glass and satin baubles in a rainbow of shades adorn an artificial tree in this boldly colourful hallway. Vibrant decorations and fairy lights on the staircase with multi-hued presents beneath the tree all add to the sense of fun.


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TREE STANDS AND CONTAINERS 1| Traditional style. Artstone

2| Novel idea.

Christmas tree planter, H29x diam32cm, £45, Real Christmas Trees, 0845 604 8366, realchristmas

Personalised Christmas tree planter crate, H27xW36x D36cm, £36, Not on the High Street, 0345 259 1359, notonthehigh

3| Rustic appeal. Rattan Christmas tree ring, H27x diam57cm, £24, Cox & Cox, 0844 858 0744,

4| Utility chic. Christmas tree foot,

H13xdiam50cm, £59, Ferm Living, 0045 7022 7523,

WHITE CHRISTMAS Replicate the wintry beauty outside with a frosted tree hung with glittering glass and sparkling silver decorations. The Snowdrift Breconridge tree costs £150, shown here with the extra-large willow tree skirt, £30, both John Lewis, 0345 604 9049,

PRECIOUS METAL A bijou tree with a shimmering metallic finish will bring festive lustre to the corner of any room, especially when paired with fairy lights. Try Not on the High Street,, for a similar gold tree, from £12. 166 | H&G | DECEMBER 2015

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Our expert Celia Rufey answers your interior design questions and decorating dilemmas PROFILE Celia Rufey has been

the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of interiors knowledge and has also designed her own range of fabrics.

WHERE CAN I BUY AN ARMCHAIR THAT CONVERTS INTO A BED? We have a lot of guests staying this Christmas and I am looking for a comfortable armchair that can be pulled out into a bed. Can you help? NB, London N3. Most chair beds with arms are wider than standard armchairs and are often described as snugglers. The English Sofa Company, 0161 736 5733,, supplies the Trafalgar 1.5-seat chair bed, which is 110cm wide and costs from £880. A little wider at 144cm is the Snooze Deluxe chair bed with sprung mattress, £849, from Furniture Village, 0800 804 8879, The Michigan from Next, 0333 777 8999, next., has a good choice of fabrics, is 132cm wide and costs from £650. For a traditionally upholstered piece, look at the Howard 1.5-seat sofa bed, 125cm wide, which has feather-anddown seat cushions and a sprung mattress. It costs £2,585 plus 10m of plain fabric (12m if patterned), from The Sofa & Chair Company, 020 8752 8935,

INSIDER’S TIP “Swags of pine and foliage are much easier to make than a wreath but just as effective. Collect pine, yew or cypress and a mix of evergreens to give colour, texture and shape.” PAULA PRYKE, 020 7498 8266,

WHAT CAN I PUT IN THEIR STOCKINGS? Can you suggest items to put in the Christmas stockings of men in the family, as well as the usual socks and nice things to eat? I’ve run out of ideas. JE, Uppingham. Stockings are ideal for gifts that combine the functional with the ingenious, such as Scotch on the Rocks granite whisky stones. A clever alternative to ice cubes, the stones (once frozen) will keep any drink cool without diluting it. They cost £22.95 for six from Divertimenti, 0330 333 0351, If that’s too expensive for a stocking, try Lakeland, 01539 488100,, for practical ideas like its Magnetic Toast Tongs, £1.99, which are made of wood and have a magnet to stick them to the side of the toaster when not in use. Each year before Christmas, Muji, 020 7436 1779,, brings out a few well-designed games. Its Car Park game, £9.95, has lots of wooden pieces offering many permutations as the player tries to manoeuvre his car out of the park and onto the road. Or he may prefer a Meccano micro-kit racer, £6, from Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, Iwoot,, is an online store selling many games and gadgets that men love. A useful one for mobile phone charging is the Ultra-Slim Credit Card Power Bank 1500 MAh, £9.99. For venturing onto icy paths when cold weather bites, squeeze in a pair of Scott’s Ice Traction Slip Ons. They are suitable for shoe sizes 7 to 11 and cost £5 from Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262,

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JW, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Jane Cook at The Rocking Horse Shop, 01759 368737,, advises owners to think carefully about whether restoration is really necessary, especially if the horse is very old, as it can devalue a rare piece if its original condition is changed. That said, the shop does offer a complete restoration service and can make a saddle and bridle to the exact size and style you need. It also sells its own range of hand-carved rocking horses (including the Garrowby rocking horse, from £1,950, left). Another respected company that carries out sympathetic restoration, as well as making new rocking horses in a wide range of styles, is Stevenson Brothers, 01233 820363,

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTION The House Clinic service is free to all Homes & Gardens subscribers. There is a £12 fee per query for non-subscribers, who must send their query and payment by post. EMAIL Subscribers, send your query, subscriber number and address to POST Send your query, subscriber number or payment and an sae to Homes & Gardens, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. Make cheques/postal orders payable to Time Inc (UK). We are unable to answer more than one question per reader each month. Celia Rufey can also help you create an individual design for any room in your home, with ideas for colours, fabrics, paint, wallcoverings and flooring. For full details, visit housetohome.

WHERE SHOULD I LOOK FOR DECORATIVE CANDELABRA? A friend of mine has a pair of tall antique candelabra with crystal droplets. Is anything similar made now? BK, Guildford, Surrey.

HAVE PAPER LAMPSHADES HAD AN UPDATE? When I was growing up we had inexpensive white paper lampshades that cast an attractive light. Has there been any advance in their style and design? CP, Witney, Oxfordshire. Those round shades you remember are still around; in fact Ikea, 020 3645 0000,, has the very thing, the Regolit, diam45cm, at £2.25. More arresting is its Krusning, H55xdiam85cm, £9, in which layers of paper appear to float gracefully. Taking inspiration from origami, the Plisse, H33xW40xD13cm, from Habitat, 0344 499 4686, habitat., costs £30. Although not exactly what you’ve asked for, the Vita Eos pendant shade (above), from £69 for 35cm at Heal’s, 020 7896 7451, heals. com, is made from goose feathers and produces a similar soft glow when lit.

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An Angel At My Table, 0845 200 0723,, stocks a range of antique-style candelabra from a French supplier. The six-arm Fontaine (right) comprises a stand, candle arms and cups in antiqued brass, with glass bobéche, hand-cut crystals and a decorative bouteille through the centre of the piece to conceal the upper metalwork. It stands 60cm high and costs £395; 12-arm version, £595. The six-arm Petit Trianon, with a carved antiqued urn-shaped wooden base, metal framework and candle cups decked with ropes of milky droplets, stands 70cm high and costs £350. The selection also includes electric candelabra with shades, known as girandoles, in antiqued gilt, from £165. If you would prefer an all-glass design, take a look at the Eichholtz Farandol candle holder from Sweetpea & Willow, 0345 257 2627, It has two arms surrounded by glass droplets, is 31cm high and costs £270.



WHO CAN ADVISE ON RESTORING MY ROCKING HORSE? I have an old rocking horse that needs restoration to the body and a new saddle and bridle. Which companies can help?






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Sugar & SPICE From winter berry tarts to a buttery pear cake, Alice Hart’s delightful sweet treats are perfect to share at home or give as gifts



kitchen filled with the scent of sweet spices, berries, citrus, butter and caramelised sugar is as comforting and evocative as a festive tree and a dressing of garlands. In these recipes, fragrance and flavour are more important than appearance, so don’t hold straight edges and perfect icing in too high regard. Jam biscuit sandwiches will appeal to adults and children alike, while spiced gingerbread mittens look adorable and are deliciously moreish. A Nordic-style wreath, a buttery pear cake and an army of miniature whoopee pies are surprisingly simple to make but wonderfully impressive. For those of you who prefer not to turn your hand to baking, try the pomegranate and black cherry jellies, which make lovely Christmas gifts.

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SNOWFLAKE JAM SANDWICH BISCUITS (previous page) Makes about 20 These delicate biscuits require a bit of effort, but the results are beautiful. I like to make them in a variety of sizes, filled with different types of jam, such as ginger and red plum. 175g unsalted butter, softened 200g golden caster sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla paste

POMEGRANATE AND BLACK CHERRY JELLIES Makes about 60 cubes The pomegranate juice in these delectable jellies is just sharp enough to stop them being too sweet. Roll them in sugar just before serving or they will absorb it. 14 sheets fine leaf gelatine 320ml fresh pomegranate juice

340g caster sugar, plus 75g extra to coat 560g black cherry jam

Q Line a 20x20cm tin with cling film; it

should reach at least 3cm up the sides. Put the gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water, one by one so that they don’t stick together, and leave to soften for 5-10 minutes, then drain and squeeze out any excess water. Q Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice with the sugar. Bring to the boil over a medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

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Q Add the jam to the pan. Bring the mixture back up to the boil, stirring well, then cook for about 4 minutes, until syrupy and slightly thickened. Remove the pan from the heat, add the drained gelatine leaves and whisk until dissolved. Q Pour through a fine sieve then transfer to the lined tin. Chill for at least 3 hours, until set. The jelly can be covered and left in the fridge for up to 2 weeks at this stage. Q Just before you want to serve the jellies, put the remaining sugar in a shallow bowl. Cut the fruit jelly into 3cm squares and toss in the sugar to coat.

425g plain flour, plus extra for rolling 1 tsp baking powder ¾ tsp fine salt 6 tbsp jam of your choice

■ In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until pale. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla paste. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Tip this mixture into the wet ingredients and combine with a spatula to form a soft dough. ■ Divide the dough into four and shape each piece into a disc. Wrap each disc in cling film and chill for 1 hour, or up to 3 days, to firm up. ■ Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line two large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper. Dust a worksurface generously with flour. Take one disc of dough and, leaving the others in the fridge, roll out to a thickness of about 1-2cm. Using a 7.5cm round biscuit cutter, stamp out 10 circles, dipping the cutter in flour to prevent sticking. ■ Using a palette knife, carefully transfer the biscuits to a baking tray, leaving space between them to allow for a little spreading. Using a 5cm snowflake-shaped biscuit cutter dipped in flour, stamp out snowflakes in the centre. Repeat the process with a second disc of dough. ■ Roll out a third disc of dough, but this time do not stamp out snowflakes, then repeat with the remaining dough disc. You should now have 40 biscuits in total: 20 stamped with snowflakes; 20 unstamped. ■ Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool and firm up on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. ■ Spoon a scant teaspoon of jam of your choice over the centre of the unstamped biscuits, spreading it out evenly. Top with the stamped tops, pressing down gently so the biscuit doesn’t snap or crumble. Dust with a little sifted icing sugar to finish. ■ The filled biscuits will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in a cool place, or can be frozen for up to 3 months.


PEAR AND ROSEMARY BUNDT CAKE WITH SHARP LEMON ICING Makes one large cake Add as much lemon juice as you like to this icing to reach your desired flavour. 200g salted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 4 firm medium pears, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm cubes 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves, plus sprigs to decorate 375g golden caster sugar 420g plain flour, plus extra for the tin

1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 4 large eggs, at room temperature Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 tsp vanilla extract 240ml natural yogurt

For the icing 200g unrefined icing sugar, sifted 25g salted butter, melted

■ Melt 30g butter in a large frying pan and

sauté the pears and chopped rosemary over a medium-high heat, stirring as little as possible, until the pears turn golden brown. ■ Add 25g of the caster sugar and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pears are browned on all sides and any liquid has evaporated. Tip into a shallow bowl to cool. ■ Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Butter and flour a 23cm fluted tin or a 25cm bundt or wreath tin, tapping out any excess flour. Sift the 420g flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl. ■ In a separate bowl, beat the remaining 170g butter and 350g sugar together using a wooden spoon or a stand mixer, until light and fluffy. Still beating, add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the lemon zest and vanilla. ■ Stir half the flour mixture into the butter mixture, then add the yogurt. Gently stir in the remaining flour mixture until only just combined. Fold in the cooked pears. ■ Transfer to the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes for a solid tin or 45 minutes for a bundt-style tin; cover with foil if it seems to be browning too quickly. When cooked, a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake will come out clean and the golden top will spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. ■ To make the icing, combine the icing sugar and melted butter with enough lemon juice to make a thick or a slightly runnier icing, as preferred. Spoon onto the top of the cooled cake, allowing it to run down the sides if you have made the icing slightly thinner. Decorate with fresh rosemary sprigs.

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SPICED CHRISTMAS MITTENS Makes 24-30 Try using a tube of writing icing if you find nozzles and piping bags off-putting. 400g plain flour, plus extra for rolling 1½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp ground ginger 1-2 tsp ground mixed spice 1½ tsp ground cinnamon

90g salted butter 120g dark brown soft sugar 1 large egg 150g black treacle 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 tsp finely grated orange zest

For the icing 200g royal icing sugar 2 tbsp orange juice

■ Sift the flour, baking powder and

bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the spices and mix well to combine evenly. ■ In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, treacle, vanilla paste and orange zest, then gradually stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon to form a dough. ■ Divide the dough in two and flatten each half into a disc. Wrap in cling film and leave in a cool place for at least 2 hours; it can be chilled for up to 4 days at this stage. ■ Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. If using both portions of dough, cook them in two batches. Line two large baking sheets with non-stick parchment paper. Lightly flour a worksurface and a rolling pin. Roll out one portion of dough to the thickness of a pound coin. Flour a mitten-shaped cutter and stamp out biscuits, as close together as possible. You can also cut out shapes using a sharp knife. ■ Carefully transfer the biscuits to the trays, leaving 3cm between each one to allow for spreading. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cooked biscuits will keep for up to 7 days in an airtight container. Repeat with the remaining dough to make 4 trayfuls in total, or keep the second batch of dough chilled for up to 4 days. ■ To decorate the biscuits, put half or all the royal icing sugar in a mixing bowl, depending on whether you’ve made one or two batches of biscuits, and stir in half or all the orange juice to make a thick, shiny icing with no lumps. ■ Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a tiny round piping nozzle (size 1 or 1.5 is ideal). You can use a plastic food bag with a tiny corner snipped off, but the results won’t be as precise. Decorate with designs of your choice and leave to set before serving.

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GINGERBREAD WHOOPIE PIES Makes 16, once sandwiched together These slightly misshapen but incredibly delicious ginger-spiked pies are a far easier alternative to French macarons. They require little skill or time, making them perfect as a Christmas project to bake with children. 340g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground ginger 120g slightly salted butter, softened 220g dark muscovado sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 250ml buttermilk

For the filling 225g full-fat cream cheese 60g salted butter, softened 120g unrefined icing sugar, plus extra to dust 2 rounds of stem ginger, drained and finely chopped

■ Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

Line two baking sheets with parchment. Sift the flour, baking powder and ground ginger into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk for a few minutes, until stiff and pale. Gradually beat in the eggs, until well combined. ■ Add the vanilla extract to the buttermilk and, alternating with the flour mixture, stir into the butter mixture until fully combined. Spoon rounded teaspoons of the batter

onto the prepared baking sheets, allowing space for them to spread. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the puffed tops spring back when lightly pressed. Leave on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then place on wire racks to cool. ■ Beat the filling ingredients together, then spread a rounded teaspoon of the filling on the flat side of one pie half, then sandwich together with another half. Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving.

DANISH SPICED ALMOND WREATH Makes 1 large wreath This sweet bread wreath is a pretty variation on a traditional Nordic bake. 100g blanched almonds 7g or scant 1½ tsp fast-acting dried yeast 200ml lukewarm milk ½ tsp fine salt 550g plain flour 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 60g golden caster sugar

140g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for the tin 50g dried apricots 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed

For the topping 250g icing sugar, sifted 3-4 tbsp lemon juice 30g toasted flaked almonds

■ Pre-heat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Spread out the almonds on a baking tray and roast for 6-8 minutes, until golden (then switch the oven off). Allow the almonds to cool, then roughly chop. ■ Mix the yeast with the lukewarm milk and set aside for 5 minutes. Put the chopped almonds, salt and flour in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeasted milk and eggs. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon to form a shaggy dough. ■ Knead the dough for 10 minutes by hand or for 5 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, until soft and smooth. Put the sugar and soft butter on top of the dough and set aside in a warm place for 20 minutes. ■ Knock back the risen dough, kneading in the sugar and butter. Once the dough is smooth, form into a ball in the bowl, cover with cling film and chill for 24 hours to develop the flavour. If you don’t have time for this slow rise, leave the covered dough

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to rise in a warm place for 1½ hours. ■ When ready to bake, bring the dough up

to room temperature for 30 minutes, if necessary. Butter a 25cm wreath-shaped tin. Lightly knead the chopped apricots and fennel seeds into the dough. Form into a ring shape and place in the buttered tin. Cover with cling film or a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the dough reaches the top of the tin. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. ■ Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden, risen and firm. Cool upside down in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely. ■ Put the icing sugar in a mixing bowl and stir in enough lemon juice to bring to the consistency of double cream. Spoon the icing over the cake and allow it to drizzle down the sides. Scatter with toasted flaked almonds before the icing sets.

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For the pastry 100g blanched hazelnuts 400g white spelt or plain flour, plus extra for rolling 120g golden caster sugar 200g salted butter, diced and chilled 4 egg yolks 1-2 tbsp iced water Icing sugar, to dust

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Busy lives mean that food can sometimes be more about providing fuel than having fun, but it’s often the case that Christmas and New Year offer the luxury of a little more time and a chance to experiment with new flavours and styles of cooking. With this in mind, we have brought together a collection of recipes suited to a variety of occasions, including relaxed lunches, formal suppers and celebratory parties. Since entertaining is about so much more than just food, we have also collaborated with Neptune to suggest decorating ideas that capture the magic and drama of the festive season. Neptune’s growing number of showrooms all over the country, as well as its website, are a wonderful source of tableware, accessories and furniture for living rooms, dining rooms and guest rooms. Happy entertaining!


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CONTENTS Editor-in-chief Deborah Barker Executive editor Giles Kime Deputy editor Kate French Creative director Andrea Lynch Art editor Elizabeth Chung Designer Becky Halverson Chief sub-editor Catriona Summerhill Deputy chief sub-editor Becky Ambury Sub-editor Andrea Johnson Editorial production manager Nicola Tillman Editorial production Ricky Martin All recipe photographs





We are delighted to have collaborated with NEPTUNE,, to create this Homes & Gardens Christmas Entertaining supplement.


Inspired buys from Neptune.

Designer Emma Sims Hilditch reveals her favourite festive traditions and highlights.

16 ENTERTAINING Flickering candlelight, sparkling glassware and cosseting midnight colours provide dramatic appeal. 19 RECIPES Beautifully presented ideas, perfect for fine dining.




ENTERTAINING Soft textures and Christmas greenery are an ideal choice for laid-back living. RECIPES Easy-to-prepare dishes with irresistible flavours.

a celebratory mood with rich accents of red and gold. 27 RECIPES Tasty bites and tempting treats to satisfy even the largest of gatherings.

DECEMBER 2015 Published by Time Inc (UK) Ltd, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. Reproduction by Rhapsody, 109/123 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4LD. Printed by Polestar Chantry. Distributed by Marketforce (UK) Ltd, 5 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HU. ©Time Inc (UK) Ltd 2015.

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Urban Bar, 01763 244473. Waterford, 0800 039 0077, Wedgwood, 01782 404045, Zara Home, 0800 026 0091,

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Bowsley tableware, from £42 set of six bowls; Betty glass bauble, diam8cm, £28 set of six; Emily napkin in Peat, 45cm sq, £31; Greenwich white wine glass, H16cm, £40; Holborn tealight, H6cm, £32 set of six; Belvedere small jar tealight, H9cm, £13; all Neptune.

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ALL wrapped UP With a huge choice of furniture and home accessories, Neptune offers an ideal hunting ground for distinctive gifts and finishing touches that will ensure a stylish Christmas

Blitzen wrapping paper, £21 for three rolls; Millie fabric decoration in Marzipan, £9 set of four; all Neptune.

Holborn tealight, H6cm, £32 set of six; Belvedere small jar tealight, H9cm, £13; Emily linen tablecloth in Peat, 175x250cm, £77; all Neptune.

Paris Rue de Seine print (above), 51x66cm, £85; Chancery mercury candle holders (left), H20xdiam12cm, £22 each; all Neptune.

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Lewis prints (above), 50cm sq, £56 each; Boughton hydrangea bouquet (left), H57xdiam56cm, £215; Charlton vase, H34xdiam39cm, £75; all Neptune.

Cavendish Star tealight holder, £43 set of six in two sizes; Cavendish Star hurricane lanterns, H15.5xdiam15cm, £17; H20xdiam15cm, £24; all Neptune. Throws, from £100 each; all Neptune.

Buckingham mirror in Black (above), diam60cm, £120; Belmont jar (left), H23xdiam12cm, £15; all Neptune.

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MY DREAM CHRISTMAS For interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch, the festive season is about country walks, roaring fires and a traditional lunch with all the trimmings THIS CHRISTMAS… I’LL BE… at our home on the

(Above) Emily linen tablecloth in Peat, 175x250cm, £77; Emily linen napkin

in Peat, 45cm sq, £31 set of six; Fenton tableware, from £66 for six side plates; Stuart stainless-steel cutlery, £275 for a 36-piece set; Greenwich white wine glass, H16cm, £40 set of six; Cavendish Star tealight holder, £43 set of six in two sizes; Betty glass bauble, diam8cm, £28 set of six; all Neptune.

border of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Formerly the old village school, it’s nestled in a valley and is a wonderfully peaceful place to spend the festive season. It’s especially magical when there’s a sprinkling of snow or mist. We are lucky to have enough space to host all the extended family and spending the season together is the highlight of our annual calendar. I’LL BE WITH… as many

family members as possible, including my husband, John, co-founder of Neptune,, and our three grown-up children, Daisy, Betty and Billy. It’s open-house season for us, so there will be lots of family and friends, too.

around the fire after a countryside walk. MY TRUE LOVE WOULD GIVE TO ME… a thoughtful

present. John and I do try to surprise each other, even if it’s just something small. If I could whisper in his ear, I might suggest a croquet set – it’s such a fun game and I quite fancy having a set of our own. I’D GIVE TO MY TRUE LOVE… it’s a surprise! I don’t

want to spoil it by giving it away just yet but a big clue is that it’s for one of his many outdoorsy hobbies. I’LL WATCH… a classic film

starring Bing Crosby. White Christmas and High Society are both favourites. I’LL LISTEN TO… Christmas

I’LL EAT… homemade mince

pies and Christmas cake baked by my daughters. On Christmas Day we try to have a light breakfast, such as smoked salmon and scrambled egg, perhaps, because lunch complete with all the traditional trimmings is the star of the show. It’s usually followed by a long walk. Greenwich red wine glasses (top), £40 set of six; Alex footstool in Spelt (above), H42xW72.5xD42cm, £290; all Neptune. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 3

I’LL DRINK… a hot chocolate

with a dash of rum, which is one of my guilty pleasures, especially when we’re gathered

carols at the service in our village church – it’s such a wonderful way to get into the festive spirit. IF I WASN’T AT HOME, I WOULD… definitely want

be somewhere snowy, but it’s hard to think of a place I’d rather be than home. I can’t imagine a sunny Christmas on the beach for instance, although it might be something to try one year.

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STYLE White china, casual decorations and muted colours create the perfect backdrop for easy, informal entertaining S TY LING S A L LY CO NR A N P H OTO G RA P H S CHR IS EV E R A RD

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This laid-back scheme with bench seating, soft textures and festive greenery sets the scene for convivial dining. FURNITURE Large Arundel dining table, H73xW305x D100cm, £1,775; large Arundel benches, H48xW280xD36cm, £650 each; all Neptune. ACCESSORIES Tennyson pendant lights in Black, H36xdiam28cm, £85 each; Fergus faux pine garlands, L250cm, £40 each; (on benches) Florence cushion in Pale Oat, 45cm sq, £60; Morely throw in Off White, 140x185cm, £100; Cotswold mohair throw in Pewter, 135x190cm, £110; all Neptune. Kraft gift boxes, H11xW19xD19cm, £3.25 each, Paperchase. Satin ribbon in Dark Green, 25mm wide, £3.85 for 5m; Satin ribbon in Wine, 38mm wide, £4.35 for 5m; both John Lewis. Personalised initial porcelain gift label, 4.5x6.5cm, £7.50; porcelain tie-on letters, H5.5cm, £4 each; all Jo Heckett. (On table, from left) Ella clear tumblers, H10xdiam8cm, £30 set of six; Bowsley dinner plates, diam30cm, £78 set of six; Emily linen napkins in Mist, 45cm sq,

£31 set of six; Christie Amber scented candles in Snow, H12x diam11cm, £24 each; Belmont small glass jar, H23xdiam12cm, £15; Hanley candlesticks, H30xdiam13csm, £25 each; Blyton pillar candles in Calico and Mist, H15xdiam7cm, £6 each; faux Douglas fir Christmas trees, H55cm, £28; H70cm, £40; Belvedere small jar tealights, H9xdiam8cm, £13 each; Hanbury teapot, H18xW26xD18cm, £22; Aspen cut-out hanging decoration, £10 set of six; Handsworth cutlery in Warm Grey, £50 for 24-piece set; Hanbury tall jug, H20xW18xD14cm, £16; Ashby medium pear ornament, H16xdiam11cm, £6; Bowsley cup and saucer, H9xdiam16cm, £54 set of six; all Neptune. Porcelain Dove decoration, H5.5xW9.5cm, £5; Snowflake decoration, H6xW5.5cm, £5; both Jo Heckett. With Love ribbon (on pears), 15mm wide, £3.75 for 3m, John Lewis. Red and white twine, £2.75 for 10m, Talking Tables.

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A Christmas pear tied with a pretty decoration makes a charming addition to each place setting. Bowsley dinner plate, diam30cm, £78 set of six; Emily linen napkin in Mist, 45cm sq, £31 set of six; Ella clear tumbler, H10xdiam8.5cm, £30 set of six; Handsworth cutlery in Warm Grey, £50 for 24-piece

set; Belvedere small jar tealight, H9xdiam8cm, £13; all Neptune. Snowflake Christmas decoration, H6xW5.5cm, £5, Jo Heckett. Red and white twine, £2.75 for 10m, Talking Tables.

White china informally arranged in a glass-fronted dresser brings a Scandinavian feel to a kitchen. Similar cupboard, Vintage glass fronted painted armoire, H180x W100xD40cm, £540, Home Barn. (On cupboard) Corinium jug with handle, H18xdiam12cm, £10; (in cupboard, from top left) Ella clear tumblers, H10xdiam8.5cm, £30 set of six; Hanbury tall jug, H20x W18xD14cm, £16; Bowsley serveware, dessert plates, diam25cm, £60 set of six; dinner plates, diam30cm, £78 set of six; bowls, H8xdiam15cm, £42 set of six; sugar pot, H12xW14xD8cm, £10; saucers (from cup and saucer set), diam16cm, £54 set of six; milk jug, H9xW14xD9cm, £8; medium jug, H16xW16xD11cm, £16; Emily linen napkins in Mist, 45cm sq, £31 set of six;

Clear glass and reflective finishes will keep the look light and bright. Ashcroft small rattan tray, H8xW55xD36cm, £36; Bowsley bowls, H8xdiam15cm, £42 set of six; Belmont glass jars, small, H23xdiam12cm, £15 each; medium, H30xdiam22, £32; all Neptune. Eldan bauble in Silver, £4, Habitat. Porcelain spice label, diam3.5cm, £4.50, Jo Heckett. Red and white twine, £2.75 for 10m, Talking Tables. With Love ribbon, 15mm wide, £3.75 for 3m, John Lewis. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 3

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Christie Amber scented candle in Snow, H12xdiam11cm, £25; all Neptune. (On wall) Fergus faux pine garlands, L250cm, £40 each; (on windowsill) Hanley candlesticks, H30xdiam13cm, £25 each; Blyton pillar candles in Calico and Mist, H15xdiam7cm, £6 each; Ashby medium pear ornament, H16xdiam11cm, £6; all Neptune. Porcelain Dove decoration, H5.5xW9.5cm, Jo Heckett. Red and white twine, £2.75 for 10m, Talking Tables. (On floor) Similar basket, wide jute basket, H40xW65xD50cm, £132, Summerill & Bishop. Blitzen wrapping paper, £21 for three rolls; Maisie twine in Juniper, £6 for 15m; all Neptune. Satin ribbon in Wine, 38mm wide, £4.35 for 5m, John Lewis.


THE RECIPES All of these dishes are a breeze to prepare, yet their irresistible ďŹ&#x201A;avours and impressive good looks will elevate informal dining into something special


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This is a great seasonal dish for using up leftover roast turkey or chicken – simply warm it through in a pan rather than cooking as in the recipe below. 8 small beetroot, scrubbed 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 5 tbsp olive oil 6 thyme sprigs 30g butter 300g turkey breast, cut into strips Salt and freshly ground black pepper 200g cooked, peeled chestnuts (vacuum-packed) 1 shallot, peeled and very finely chopped 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly 100ml chicken stock 100g redcurrants, stripped from the stalks 100g watercress, coarse stems removed Q Pre-heat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Put


Rich and hearty, with a delicious balance of spices and sweet root vegetables, this is perfect for a cold winter’s day. 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, peeled and diced 2 sticks celery, diced 2 parsnips, peeled and diced 150g swede, peeled and diced 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 75g dried apricots 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground turmeric

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1 tsp ground sumac 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes 1 litre vegetable stock Salt and freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1 lime 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 tbsp chopped coriander

Q Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the

onion over a medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Add the celery, parsnips, swede and carrots, and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Q Add the apricots and spices and fry for 1 minute. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Q Whizz the mixture in a blender to a fairly smooth consistency, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the lime juice and fresh herbs just before serving.

the beetroot in the centre of a sheet of foil and bring up the edges. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil and the thyme sprigs. Scrunch the edges of the foil together firmly to make a loose pouch. Cook on a baking tray for 45 minutes, then set aside to cool slightly. Q Melt half the butter with a splash of oil in a frying pan. Add the turkey strips, season and fry over a medium-high heat for a few minutes, stirring often, until golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Q Put the remaining butter in the pan, add the chestnuts, season and fry until browned. Lift out with a slotted spoon and add to the turkey. Q Reduce the heat, add the shallot to the pan and fry until softened, but not coloured. Stir in the jelly and stock and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the redcurrants and cook for a few seconds, then remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining vinegar and olive oil. Q Gently combine the watercress, beetroot, turkey and chestnuts in a serving bowl. Spoon over the warm redcurrant dressing and serve.



Puffed up and golden brown, this makes a wonderful centrepiece dish for a festive occasion. 600g trout fillets, skinned and stray bones removed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 50g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 400g leeks, trimmed and chopped 4 tbsp chopped parsley 500g all-butter puff pastry Plain flour, for rolling 1 tbsp clear honey 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 1 egg yolk

Q Season the trout fillets on both

sides with salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Fry the fillets lightly on both sides to seal then remove from the pan. Add the leeks to the pan and fry gently for a few minutes to soften, then stir in the parsley. Drain off any liquid,as this will make the pastry soggy, and leave to cool. Q Pre-heat the oven to 230°C, gas mark 8. Lightly butter a baking sheet. Roll the pastry into a square of about 33x33cm on a lightly

floured surface. Transfer the pastry square to the baking tray. Place half the trout fillets down one half of the pastry, leaving a 2cm border around the edge. Spoon half the leeks over the fillets and arrange the remaining fillets on top. Spoon over the remaining leeks. Q Mix together the honey and mustard and drizzle over the leeks. Mix the egg yolk with 1 teaspoon cold water and use to lightly brush the edges of the pastry. Fold the pastry over the filling

and press firmly around the edges to seal. Trim the edges. Q Brush the pastry all over with the egg yolk mix then, using the tip of a sharp knife, lightly score the top diagonally. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 200ºC, gas mark 6 and cook for 20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and deep golden. Q Carefully transfer the pie to a serving plate and allow it to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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A dash of warming spirit gives a lovely richness to this classic dish. 1 round loaf of crusty white bread 40g butter, softened 4 tbsp Seville orange marmalade 4 tbsp whisky

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6 medium eggs, beaten 500ml milk 100ml double cream 6 tbsp golden caster sugar

Q Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Slice

the bread, then butter one side of each piece and spread thinly with marmalade.Arrange the slices so that they overlap, marmalade side up, in a baking dish and drizzle the whisky over. Beat together the eggs, milk, cream and sugar, then pour over the bread. Q Place the dish in a baking tin half-ďŹ lled with boiling water. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the custard has set. Serve the pudding with cold cream, if liked.



Make this on the day it will be served. If your guests include children, use orange juice instead of liqueur. 500g chocolate chip brioche, sliced into 1cm thick pieces 4 tbsp Cointreau or triple sec 600ml double cream 4 tbsp icing sugar 700g clementines, peeled and broken into segments Chocolate curls, to decorate

For the custard

Q To make the custard, put the milk

Q Lay the brioche slices on a plate

450ml full-fat milk 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways 3 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks 50g caster sugar 4 tsp cornflour

and vanilla pod in a pan and gently heat until steam comes off the surface. Remove from the heat and set aside. Whisk together the eggs, yolks, sugar and cornflour. Remove the vanilla pod, then gradually whisk the milk into the egg mixture. Q Pour into a clean pan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring, for 5 minutes until thicker and smooth. Strain through a fine sieve and leave to cool with a layer of cling film pressed on the top to prevent a skin forming.

and drizzle with the liqueur. Whip together the cream and icing sugar until it forms loose peaks. Q Arrange half the brioche slices over the base of a deep, 3-litre trifle bowl. Scatter over half the clementines and pour over half the custard, then spoon half the whipped cream over the top. Q Repeat the layers with the remaining brioche, then clementines, custard and cream. Sprinkle chocolate curls on top and chill until ready to serve.

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A clove-studded satsuma with a sprig of snowberries and a personalised bauble is a distinctive idea for a seasonal place setting. Jasper Conran Tisbury dinner plate, diam27cm, £12, Wedgwood. Emily linen tablecloth in Salt, 175x250cm, £77; Emily linen napkin in Salt, 45cm sq, £31 set of six; Stuart cutlery, £275 for 36-piece set; Cavendish Star tealight holder, H10.5xdiam8cm, £43 set of six; Holborn small tealight, H6xdiam6cm, £32 set of six; Belvedere small jar tealight, H9xdiam8cm, £13; Greenwich red wine glasses, H17xdiam9cm, £40 set of six; all Neptune. Personalised gold initial bauble decoration, H6xW5.5cm, £10.50, Jo Heckett. Enchantment Snowflake fill-your-own crackers, £5 set of six, John Lewis.

Dressed to IMPRESS Capture the spirit of the season with deep colours, soft lighting and stunning table settings S TYLING SALLY C ONR A N PHOTOGRAPHS C H RIS EV E R A RD

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A crisp white linen tablecloth is a striking contrast to the dark walls and upholstery in this dramatic scheme. Generous use of glass and silver also helps to lighten the look. FURNITURE Sheldrake oval oak

extending table, H74xL110-270x W110cm, £995; Henley dining chairs in Brancaster Navy linen, H94xW58xD68cm, £355 each; Edinburgh console table, H84x W168x D45cm, £950; all Neptune. PAINT Smoke, matt emulsion, £34 for 2.5 litres, Neptune. ACCESSORIES (On wall) Faux Fraser pine garlands, L250cm, £39 each, Neptune. Similar wall lights, Double Plantation wall light in Antiqued Brass, H25x W35xD14cm, £137.60 (excluding shades), Jim Lawrence. Decadent Decs Honeycombs baubles, £11 set of five different shapes,

Talking Tables. Snowdrift bauble, diam6cm, £6 set of 20; Satin ribbon in Oyster, 15mm wide, £3.25 for 5m; both John Lewis. (On console, from left) Emily linen tablecloth in Marine, 175x250cm, £77; Tyburn ribbed silver tealights, H12xdiam9cm, £15 each; Holborn tealight, H6xdiam6cm, £32 set of six; Highbury glass candlesticks, H44xdiam15cm, £40; H36x diam15cm, £30; Blyton pillar candles in Mist, from £6 each; Cavendish Star hurricanes, H15.5x diam15cm, £17; H20xdiam15cm, £24; Alderney conical hurricane vase, H24xdiam22cm, £35;

Chancery candlesticks, H20x diam12cm, £22 each; all Neptune. (On dining table) Jasper Conran Tisbury dinner plates, diam27cm, £12 each; side plates, diam19cm, £8 each; all Wedgwood. Emily linen tablecloth in Salt, 175x250cm, £77; Greenwich champagne flutes, H20xdiam7cm, £36 set of six; Greenwich tall water glasses, H16xdiam8.5cm, £32 set of six; Stuart cutlery, £275 for 36-piece set; Cavendish Star tealight holders, H10.5x diam8cm,£43 set of six; Belvedere small jar tealights, £13 each; Tolsey plaid rug in Oatmeal, 170x240cm, £370; all Neptune.

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Grouping together glass and metallic candle holders of various heights makes for an elegant table display. Cavendish Star tealight holder, H10.5xdiam8cm, £43 set of six; Alderney conical hurricane vase, H24xdiam22cm, £35; Holborn tealight, H6xdiam6cm, £32 set of six; Highbury glass candlestick, H44xdiam15cm, £40; Chancery candlestick, H20xdiam12cm, £22; Blyton pillar candles in Mist, H10xdiam10cm, £7; H15xdiam7cm, £6; Cavendish Star hurricane, H20xdiam15cm, £24; Tyburn ribbed silver tealight, H12xdiam9cm, £15; Emily linen tablecloth in Marine, 175x250cm, £77; all Neptune.

Rich textures of wool and velvet are warm and inviting, while dashes of deep orange create a luxurious contrast to darker colours. FURNITURE Medium Olivia sofa in Elliot,

H88xW170xD105cm, £2,175, Neptune. PAINT Smoke, matt emulsion, £34 for 2.5 litres, Neptune. FABRIC Bespoke pouffe covered in Velvet in Fox, cotton, 145cm wide, £40m, Neptune. ACCESSORIES (On wall) Faux Fraser pine garland, L250cm, £39, Neptune. Similar wall light, Double Plantation wall light in Antiqued Brass, H25xW35xD14cm, £137.60 (excluding shade), Jim Lawrence. Decadent Decs Honeycombs baubles, £11 set of five different shapes, Talking Tables. Snowdrift bauble, diam6cm, £6 set of 20; Satin double ribbon in Oyster, 15mm wide, £3.25 for 5m; both John Lewis. (On sofa) Camilla cushions in Dark Rye & Fox and Dark Rye & Otter, 45cm sq, £55 each, Neptune. Harbour stripe throw in Mushroom and Ecru, 140x180cm, £250; Elca cushion in Black on Linen, 40cm sq, £65;

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both Tori Murphy. (On pouffe) Similar platter, Taste platter, diam36cm, £63, The Conran Shop. Fenton espresso cups and saucers, H6xdiam12cm, £78 set of six; Greenwich water glasses, H11xdiam9cm, £27 set of six; all Neptune. Similar glass pot, Glass jug 44016413, H24.5xW17xD13cm, £39.99, Zara Home. Kraft gift boxes, H11xW19xD19cm, £3.25 each; Gold metallic grosgrain ribbon, £1.75 for 3m; Gold Spot tissue paper, £2 for 3 sheets; all Paperchase. (On floor) Whistle Blue Fir Christmas tree, H7.5ft, £250; 480 LED indoor/outdoor Christmas tree lights, £50, John Lewis. Porcelain Christmas tree decorations, from £5 each, Jo Heckett. Blitzen wrapping paper, £21 for three rolls; Maisie twine in Juniper, £6 for 15m; Tolsey Plaid rug in Oatmeal, 170x 240cm, £370; all Neptune. Satin ribbon in Oyster Grey, 25mm wide, £3.85 for 5m, John Lewis. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 3


THE RECIPES Rich, flavourful and exquisitely presented, these sophisticated dishes will give an air of fine dining to your holiday entertaining


Sweet, sticky and tender, this marmalade and whisky-glazed duck makes a nice alternative to turkey for a Christmas lunch main course. Add a splash more stock to the roasting tin to prevent the marmalade from burning, if necessary. 4 tbsp marmalade 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp English mustard powder 3 tbsp whisky Salt and black pepper 8 large duck legs 200ml chicken stock

Q Pre-heat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7.

Mix together the marmalade, Dijon mustard, mustard powder and whisky and season well. Score the duck legs and spread the marmalade and mustard mixture all over. Q Arrange the duck legs in a roasting tin and pour the stock around. Roast for around 35 minutes until cooked through.

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Pickled mustard seeds swell and soften as they cook, and pop like peppery caviar when eaten. Simple, light and elegant, these toasts are ideal for serving as a starter or canapés. For the pickled mustard seeds 200g yellow mustard seeds 350ml cider vinegar, plus extra to taste 3 tbsp golden caster sugar 1 tsp sea salt flakes 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 heaped tsp finely grated fresh ginger

For the trout toasts 100g crème fraîche 1 tsp Dijon mustard, or to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 slices rustic bread, toasted and halved 250g hot-smoked trout fillets, flaked 2 tbsp mustard cress leaves, snipped

Q To make the pickled mustard seeds, rinse

the seeds in a sieve and shake well to drain, then transfer to a non-metallic bowl and cover with the vinegar. Set aside in a cool place (not the fridge) for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir in the sugar, salt and turmeric. Squeeze the grated ginger over to release the juices, then discard the pulp. Q Put the mixture in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat, then stir constantly, for about 15 minutes, as it simmers and thickens. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Taste the mixture and add more vinegar, a little at a time, until it has a good, balanced vinegary tang. Cover and keep in the fridge for up to 6 months, adding a little extra vinegar if the mixture becomes too thick. Q To make the toasts, stir the crème fraîche and Dijon mustard together and season with salt and pepper. Spoon a little of the mixture onto each piece of toast with a couple pieces of smoked trout, half a teaspoon of pickled mustard seeds and a scattering of cress.

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Instead of stirring polenta on the hob, try baking it for fabulous toasty results. Everything here but the gravy is cooked in the oven, so getting a hearty roast on the table is a matter of timing. 240g polenta ¾ tsp salt 50g butter 2 guinea fowl Sea salt 6 rosemary sprigs 1 lemon, halved 2 onions, sliced (skin on) 100ml Madeira 500ml chicken stock 400g baby carrots 2 tbsp olive oil 25g Parmesan, grated 2 tsp runny honey

Q Pre-heat the oven to 190°C, gas

mark 5. Put the polenta in a baking dish, stir in the ¾ teaspoon salt, 30g butter, melted, and 1.6 litres water and bake, uncovered, for 1 hour. Q Rub the remaining butter over the breasts of the guinea fowl and sprinkle generously with sea salt. Put a rosemary sprig and half a lemon in the cavity of each, and tie the legs with kitchen string. Q Put the sliced onions on the base of a sturdy roasting tin, place the birds on top and roast for 50 minutes,

until the skin is golden and the juices run clear when pierced with a skewer through a thigh. Q Transfer the birds to a platter to rest for 10 minutes. Put the roasting tin over a high heat and add the Madeira. Boil to reduce by half, then add the stock and bubble for 5 minutes until syrupy. Keep the gravy warm. Q Lay out the carrots (with their tops still on) in a roasting tin with the olive oil and the remaining rosemary sprigs. Season, toss to mix and roast for 25 minutes.

Q Meanwhile, stir the polenta well

and return to the oven for about 20 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan, cover with foil and rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Q Turn the oven up to 220°C, gas mark 7, stir the honey into the carrots and roast for 10-15 minutes more, until caramelised. Carve the rested birds into large pieces and arrange on bowls of polenta with a pile of carrots. Spoon over the pan juices and serve with the gravy on the side.

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Focaccia gives a crisp coating that contrasts with the succulent meat. 3 racks of lamb 6 tbsp redcurrant jelly, melted 50g unsalted butter 75g sun-dried tomato focaccia made into

breadcrumbs 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 3 sprigs rosemary, broken into small pieces

Q Pre-heat the oven to 220째C, gas mark 7.

Trim the excess fat from the racks of lamb and use a sharp knife to lightly score the meat. Q Brush the meat with half the redcurrant

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jelly. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Fry the meat until browned on all sides then arrange the racks in a roasting tin. Q Mix together the breadcrumbs, garlic and rosemary. Brush the lamb with the remaining redcurrant jelly and gently press the breadcrumb mixture on top. Q Roast for 20 minutes for rare, 25 minutes for medium or 35 minutes for well-done lamb. Slice and serve 3 to 4 cutlets per person.



This is a great way to use up leftover Christmas pudding. Look for decorative toppers at baking shops. 2 eggs, lightly beaten 150ml milk 75g butter, melted, plus a little unmelted to grease the tin 4 tbsp sherry 250g plain flour, plus extra to dust the tin 4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground mixed spice 150g light muscovado sugar 300g Christmas pudding, crumbled 1 litre rum and raisin ice cream Star toppers and edible gold dust

Q Pre-heat the oven to 180°C,

Q Spoon the mixture into the

gas mark 4. Lightly butter the insides of dariole moulds or a muffin tin, then dust with flour and tap to remove the excess. Q Combine the eggs, milk, butter and sherry in a mixing bowl. Stir in the flour, baking powder, spice, sugar and crumbled Christmas pudding to make a soft batter.

dariole moulds or muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes, until well risen and firm. Q Cool a little before turning out. Serve the puddings slightly warm, topped with a scoop of ice cream, a star decoration and a sprinkling of edible gold dust.

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Entertaining A CROWD Subtle touches of gold and red bring glamour to Christmas celebrations S TYLING SAL LY CO NRA N P H OTO G RA P H S CHR IS EV E RA R D

Sparkling glassware with gold motifs and tiny fairy lights ensure a festive mood. ABOVE Similar glass, Golden-transfer tumbler, £4.99, Zara Home. Mad Men Holloway tumbler, H9cm, £115 a pair, Waterford. Noel bauble, diam8.5cm, £12; Giant Nordic heirloom bauble,

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H15.5xW13cm, £20; both Jo Heckett. RIGHT Highbury glass candlestick, H36x diam15cm, £30; Alderney conical hurricane vase, H24xdiam22cm, £35; both Neptune.

Woven baskets tucked beneath a console are a great way to store take-home gifts for friends. FURNITURE Edinburgh

large console table, H84xW168xD45cm, £950, Neptune. WALLS Grey Oak, matt emulsion, £34 for 2.5 litres, Neptune. ACCESSORIES

Snowdrift cone and berry wreath, diam60cm, £35, John Lewis. Party Porcelain gold table lights, £10 string of 60, Talking Tables. Similar wall light, Double Plantation wall light in Antiqued Brass, H25xW35xD14cm, £137.60 (excluding shades), Jim Lawrence . (On console, from left) Similar jug, Mad Men Circon pitcher, H24x W17.5xD10cm, £250, Waterford. For similar antique silver ladle, try Bryan Douglas. Highbury

glass candlesticks, H36xdiam15cm, £30; H45xdiam15cm, £40; Blyton pillar candles in Juniper, H15xdiam10cm, £10 each; H10xdiam10cm, £7 each; all Neptune. Similar gold glasses, Malika Grand liqueur glasses, H18cm, £32 a pair, LSA International. Newington hurricane vase, H40xdiam26cm, £57; Belmont glass jars, H42xdiam22cm, £45; H23xdiam12cm, £15; Ashcroft large soft baskets, H21xW51x D44cm, £65 each; Blitzen wrapping paper, £21 for three rolls; all Neptune. Decadent Decs Honeycombs baubles, £11 set of five, Talking Tables. Eldan baubles in Silver and Gold, £4 each, Habitat.

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A drinks trolley complete with ice bucket, decanters and a cocktail shaker creates an air of Fifties glamour and fun. FURNITURE Luxe drinks trolley,

H86xW84xD50cm, £350, Oliver Bonas. Olivia armchair in Cranberry velvet, H88xW86x D105cm, £1,155, Neptune. ACCESSORIES (On trolley) Similar ice bucket, Mixology ice bucket and tongs, H18xdiam20cm, £220, Waterford at John Lewis. Mad Men Holloway gold patterned double old-fashioned tumbler, H9cm, £115 a pair, Waterford. Similar cocktail shaker, Baron Yukiwa gold and polished steel cocktail shaker, H21.5xdiam8cm, £50.40, Urban Bar. Similar decanters, Lismore wine decanter, 830ml, £350; Elysian decanter,

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800ml, £250; both Waterford. Party Porcelain gold saucer crackers, £7 set of eight, Talking Tables. (On shelf) Similar tumblers, Lismore hi-ball Tumbler, H14.5xdiam7.5cm, £55 each; Mad Men Holloway gold patterned hi-ball glasses, H15cm, £115 a pair; all Waterford. Party Porcelain Gold cocktail napkins, £3 pack of 20, Talking Tables. (On floor) Glitter copper Midwinter bauble, £6 set of 20; Matt copper Enchantment bauble, £10 set of 20; all John Lewis. Eldan baubles in Gold; £4 each, Habitat. Decadent Decs Honeycombs baubles, £11 set of five, Talking Tables. WHERE TO BUY, PAGE 3


THE RECIPES These tempting bites are tasty, neat to eat and sure to please â&#x20AC;&#x201C; serve them on stylish platters for a delightful moveable feast

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Makes about 25

Makes about 20

Smoked salmon adds a sophisticated note, but you can make these cute little canapés with any combination of fillings you like.

Harissa-spiked yoghurt is a wonderful accompaniment to these crunchy morsels. Use a Parmesan-style hard cheese instead of Manchego for a vegetarian version.

600g (around 25) small new potatoes 1 tbsp sunflower oil 200g cream cheese Grated zest and juice of½ lemon, plus extra zest to garnish

Few dill sprigs, chopped, plus extra to garnish Salt and freshly ground black pepper 150g smoked salmon, cut into small pieces

Q Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.

Cut a small cross in the top of each potato then transfer them to a roasting tin. Toss the potatoes in the oil then turn them cross-side up. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and golden. Leave to cool slightly. Q Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese, zest, juice and dill and season well. Squeeze each potato to open slightly, then spoon cream cheese into the centre and top with smoked salmon. Garnish with dill and lemon zest.

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250g yellow split peas, rinsed well 100g frozen peas, defrosted ½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped Handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped 90g Manchego cheese 1 small egg, beaten Finely grated zest of 1 small lemon

3-4 tbsp chickpea (gram) flour 3 tbsp olive oil Handful of pea shoots or watercress

For the harissa yoghurt 200g Greek yoghurt 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, to taste Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp rose harissa

Q Put the split peas in a large saucepan and

add enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil, skim off any scum, then simmer gently for 45 minutes. Q Towards the end of the cooking time, turn down the heat and stir often, as the peas will become very thick, absorbing the cooking

water. Add the defrosted peas and crush roughly with a potato masher. Leave the mixture to cool (it will become even thicker). Q Meanwhile, mix the yoghurt with the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Marble the harissa through and set aside. Q Mix the cooled peas with the onion, mint, 60g finely grated Manchego cheese, the egg, lemon zest and chickpea flour. Season generously with salt and black pepper. Q You may have to cook the fritters in batches, to avoid overcrowding. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Drop in heaped teaspoons of the mixture and pat down with the back of the spoon to form fritters. Q Fry for 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown, then transfer to a platter. Top each fritter with a small dollop of harissa yoghurt and shavings of the remaining Manchego, then finish with pea shoots or watercress.



What better to serve at a Christmas party than this vibrant fusion of ďŹ&#x201A;avours in white, red and green? 300g cooking chorizo, sliced 1 cm thick 75ml dry cider or white wine 240g pack sunblush tomatoes, drained

Large handful of basil leaves 290g pack mozzarella balls, drained 10 baby plum tomatoes, halved 1 tbsp green pesto

Q Heat a frying pan and fry the chorizo

for 1 minute.Add the cider or wine and bring to the boil. Cook on a high heat, turning occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated. Leave to cool. Q Thread a plum tomato half, a piece of chorizo, basil leaves, 1 mozzarella

ball, more basil, another piece of chorizo and a sunblush tomato onto 20 wooden skewers. Drizzle with pesto and chill for up to 6 hours. Remove the skewers from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.


Incredibly moreish, these are made with warm spices, zesty orange and brandy, soaked in honey and topped with nuts. 425g unbleached plain flour 160g fine ground semolina 60g caster sugar 2 tsp baking powder Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange 4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 200ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing 200ml fresh orange juice 100ml brandy

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For the honey syrup

Q Combine the flour, semolina, sugar,

Q Meanwhile, combine the sugar,

200g caster sugar 200ml mild-flavoured runny honey 2 nutmegs, well crushed 1 strip of orange peel 1 strip of lemon peel

baking powder, zests, cinnamon and ground cloves in a mixing bowl or food processor. Add the olive oil, orange juice and brandy and mix to a stiff dough. Cover and leave for 30 minutes. Q Pre-heat the oven 180°C, gas mark 4. Lightly grease 2 baking trays with oil. Shape the dough into ovals about 5cm long and place on the trays. Bake for 25 minutes (in two batches, if necessary) until lightly browned. Transfer to a rack and leave to cool.

honey, nutmegs and citrus peels with 400ml cold water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Strain the syrup into a bowl. Q Briefly submerge each biscuit in the syrup then transfer to non-stick parchment. Top with the walnut and clove mixture and leave to dry. Store in a single layer in airtight containers until ready to serve.

For the topping 100g finely chopped walnuts mixed with 2 tsp ground cloves


Jewel-bright pomegranate seeds add a pretty finish to this classic treat. 2 medium organic egg whites 100g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract

1 tsp white wine vinegar 1 tsp cornflour 227g clotted cream Seeds of two pomegranates

Q Pre-heat the oven to 110°C, gas mark ¼. Line a

baking sheet with baking parchment. Put the egg whites in a bowl and beat with an electric whisk until peaks form. Beat in the sugar, a spoonful at a time, and whisk well until the mixture is thick and glossy. Add the vanilla and vinegar and sift in the cornflour. Whisk lightly until the ingredients are combined. Q Place 1 heaped teaspoon of the mixture on the parchment. Flatten and neaten the sides with the back of the spoon, then make a small cavity in the top. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Bake for 1-1½ hours or until the meringues are crisp. Leave to cool then store in an airtight container. Q To serve, place a spoonful of clotted cream on each meringue and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

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