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December 2013/January 2014
Beautiful baubles A touch of luxury
TOP TIPS Create the perfect Festive Dining table informative
TOP TIPSâ€“CARING FOR PLANTS Page 30
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Rachel Branson PUBLISHER / EDITOR Welcome to the December/ January edition of Stylista Homes, we’ve packed this issue full of Christmas time inspiration, beautiful baubles, luxurious products and much more. Merry Christmas!
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trees in 2d!
or just over 11 months of the year your living room is just a living room, right? You organise the furniture to fit the room and make it functional for everyday living. Having recently redecorated the living room in our home and it has just dawned on me that due to new furniture and it’s arrangement I’m not entirely sure where the 6ft Alpine Christmas tree is going to fit. This poses a problem, yet all is not loss as I’ve found the perfect
solution to this or indeed for anybody else who doesn’t have the space to dedicated 4 square feet in the main living area to a tree for just a few weeks of the year –
the answer is ... ...2D Christmas trees! Simply stick them onto a wall and hey presto! Father Christmas (when he visits) can arrange the presents around the wall and effectively under the tree! Of course you don’t have to use these in place of a real tree you could use them to decorate the rest of the house. The Shoponyourdoorstep.com one comes with stickers to decorate perfect for the children to play with, redecorating to their hearts content!
Fabric Christmas Tree Wall Sticker (right) £18.00 spincollective.co.uk
Belle & Boo Decorate Me Christmas Tree Fabric Wall Art Stickers (far left) £30.50 shoponyourdoorstep.com
Nordic Style Christmas Tree Wall Sticker (below) £30.50 shoponyourdoorstep.com
Typographic Christmas Tree Wall Hanging (below right) £75.00 betsybenn.co.uk
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eck the hall with boughs of holly,: Fa la la la la la la la la….time to dig out the ever faithful boxes of decorations and transform the home into a magical Christmas scene again. But if those well used baubles are looking a little tired then it might be time to invest in some new ones. Stylista Homes have been prowling the stores to find some of the best available and here are the ones we like the most and which we think will give your home that Stylista Christmas African Dove look!
Rustic Glass Baubles (left) Rustic Glass baubles in 6 vibrant colours suspended from recycled sari ties. Diameter 3 cm Colours: gold, red, purple, blue, orange and green £8.75 stuffofdreams.com
Wooden doves, painted white and embellished with African wax block-print fabrics. Hangs from a ribbon trimmed with silver. £5.95 stuffofdreams.com
Dobbies Antique Baubles £3.99 each tesco.com
Antique Brass Glass Star (left) These stunning antique brass stars are really original decorations for Christmas and can also be used as t-light holders. £16 oscarandeve.co.uk STYLISTA 7
Edi Embossed Oval Baubles £10 fairwindonline.com
Versace Bright Christmas £68 LuxDeco.com
Handmade Glass Stars £6.50 iapetus.co.uk
Antique Gold Baubles £14.95 oscarandeve.co.uk
Kidsonroof Circle Decorations ÂŁ7 thekidwho.eu
Top Tips create the perfect dinner table
from Harlequin London
arlequin London is the UK’s comprehensive source of luxury tableware, decorative accessories and lighting. The leading supplier to the luxury interior industry of 120 prestigious brands such as Christofle, Hermes, Bernardaud and Baccarat, the company has an extensive showroom in Chelsea. Harlequin London’s knowledgeable and experienced team are able to advise interior designers and homeowners alike in choosing the perfect finishing touches for their schemes. With fifteen years’ experience in the industry, Harlequin London are experts in helping conceive and source all the smaller elements necessary to create a truly magnificent interiors scheme. Here, managing director Jamie Horton offers his top tips on choosing tableware and decorative lighting…
Top tips on tableware Keep centrepieces and floral displays either low so that diners can see each other over them, or tall and thin so they can see through – always be conscious that your guests do want to able to see each other!
When choosing candles, pick either very low tealights or very tall candlesticks. Table linen is essential, but merely folding the linens gives a hurried, unfinished look. If you don’t have napkin rings, use ribbons, cut to the same lengths, to tie up the napkins and secure with a neat bow.
knives and forks. Champagne flutes do not have to match the wine glasses as these are generally used before dinner, so you can be as adventurous as you like! Decanters and water pitchers are a great way to add to the decoration of a table. Donâ€™t forget place-setting displays and name cards â€“ these offer another great opportunity to create drama when people first arrive at the table.
Top tips on lighting
So that everyone can be served promptly and so that serving pieces such as salad bowls and sauce boats are not too big or unwieldy, we always suggest that you have one serving piece per six persons when buying your dinner service. Double up medium-size plates as these can be used for starter and dessert. The same applies to dessert
Choose from the heart. When choosing a decorative piece it should be something that you love, that will make a statement and bring some of your personality to a room. Layer it up. You should never rely on just one piece to light up the whole room. Layering lighting is key to creating different moods within a room so that it can serve different purposes depending on the time of day and the activities taking place within it. STYLISTA 13
And on that note... don’t forget lamps. A statement table or floor lamp is a great way of adding flattering and ambient lighting to the space. These will instantly add warmth to a scheme, as well as decorative interest. Pay attention to finishes. Copper, nickel-plated and silver-plated finishes all reflect light differently and add different impact to a scheme
Don’t forget candles! If you’re working to a budget, candles, candelabras and lanterns are perfect ways to introduce soft, ambient lighting. Candlelight will always provide a warm inviting look and evoke feelings of hospitality and a place to rest.
Harlequin London was established in 1998 by former Army Officer Jamie Horton. The company has a stunning 4,500 sq ft showroom, just off the Kings Road, displaying many of its Take care with positioning. The collections. position and height of your lights is crucial to creating the right look. Customers are welcome to borrow For example, a chandelier should items to see how they would look ‘in be about 30 inches above your situ’ – enabling them to visualise the dining table so that it is not a threat finished result easily. to taller guests (!), and you must mount sconces above eye level so that the lamp source is not visible. Go for colour! Subtle flannel grey is always stylish, will never be out of fashion and will make a room look exceptionally For more information visit elegant. Colourful single pendants harlequin-london.com suspended at different levels are also great for making a scheme fun Christmas tableware and interesting. Be mindful of trends. Like fashion, lighting styles cycle through trends every few years or so. Because lighting is like jewellery for the home, sometimes just one new piece can make a world of difference.
from iapetus (image right)
Set a glistening festive table with stunning, handmade glassware from iapetus. Spear candlestick holders (from £29.50) Snowball tea light holders (from £12.50) White swirl dinner plates (£22 each), side plates (£13.50) and fine Intermezzo wine glasses (£55 for two) Perfect for a luxurious ice-palace look this Christmas. iapetus.co.uk
n the run up to the festive season the Stylista team have been shopping around and found a fantastic selection of Stag and Deer heads available in the stores. But what is even better is you don’t have to be a Lord or a Lady and you don’t have to own a stately home to have an elegant Deer or Stag head adorning your walls as they are becoming increasingly popular in modern contemporary décor. Whether you choose a stylish chrome cast one which complements your existing chrome accessories or whether you pop up a temporary one over the holiday period the choice is yours and with so many to choose from we’re sure you’re bound to find one to fit your look.
Star Studded Stag Chrome Stag For those that don’t want the total ‘bling’ factor of our ‘Star Studded Stag’ but still want that little touch of glamour - easy to co-ordinate and still stunning! £75 arthouse.com
From the brand new AW12 Art Collection Feel like a celebrity with our ‘Star studded Stag’ Take a fresh look at an old country classic and add some bling factor to your home. The Arthouse ‘Star Studded Stag’ is the special one in a series of 5 baby stags. 008172 43cm x 43cm x 22cm £100 arthouse.com
Silver & Gold Stag For those that don’t want the total ‘bling’ factor of our ‘Star Studded Stag’ but still want that little touch of glamour - easy to co-ordinate and still stunning! £75 arthouse.com
Script Wall Mounted Reindeer Head This magnificent wall mounted reindeer head is fabulous statement piece. It would look fantastic in a lounge, dining room or office. Made from resin with a newsprint decoupage finish. Size: 56 cm £69.95 lovefromrosie.co.uk
Deer Head These super-cool deer heads are the ultimate in wall accessories. The white finish will mean it’ll suit almost any room. Make a feature of them by hanging each side of your bed or either side of a large mirror above a fireplace. And these stags love to dress up glasses, goggles, hats, jewellery, piercings, and even make up - it’s all about the accessories darling! Small: £40 Large: £50 frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
Deer Head This faux deer head has a white body and metallic red antlers. The red color really pops against the white body, giving the deer a rich and luxurious appearance. £49 livingitup.co.uk STYLISTA 19
Dobbies Stag Head £30 Set of 3 Wooden Stars £50 Hanging Pine Cone Heart £1.99 Star Garland £5 tesco.com
Tweed and Fair Isle Fabric Reindeer Head This adorable reindeer head is certainly a Christmas decoration with a difference! It would look fabulous hung in a hallway, on a door or above a fireplace to create a traditional alpine lodge look. Made from tweed and fair isle fabric with a soft fur trim. Size: 32cm x 24cm £34.95 lovefromrosie.co.uk
Scandi Chic Felt Reindeer Head What better way to add some festive fun to your home this Christmas than with a Scandi Chic Reindeer Head. A lifeSTYLE favourite, this faux reindeer head is made from felt and mounts on a wall for the ultimate home decoration this Christmas. A true talking point and a Christmas favourite for years to come. £40 thelifestyleboutique.co.uk
Gisela Graham Fabric Deer Head This unusual Gisela Graham Fabric Deer Head Christmas decoration will look fantastic hung in any room of the house, especially a hallway or living room. A gorgeous addition to this years Christmas decorations. Fabric deer head with knitted scarf and twig antlers. Natural rope hanging loop. H18 x W12 x D9 cm. £5.99 mollieandfred.co.uk STYLISTA 21
Kindling Bucket Slate A very stylish accessory for your fireside, slate kindling bucket. Size: 30.5 (H) x 30 (W) x 30cm (D) ÂŁ18 ludlowstoves.co.uk
fter a long warm summer I think us Brits find something endearing about the autumn and winter seasons. I for one seem to enjoy woodland walks more at this time of year than at any other. Coming home to a warm house, sitting by the fire enjoying a well earned cup of tea. With this in mind we’ve put together this Fireside warmth article Highland Chair in Harris Tweed showcasing some of Made in Britain and upholstered in the gorgeous Hebridean the gorgeous products Cloth. Traditional in its styling with a higher back to give to create that perfect great support and comfort. Fantastically upholstered in a cosy atmosphere. combination of Hide and Tweed. £1,265 darlingsofchelsea. co.uk
Recycled Wool Tartan Throw These Tartan style wool throws are made from wool re-spun from re-cycled fibres making them an environmentally friendly product. Due to the manufacturing process used these rugs are produced in random colours creating a unique and individual product. Made in Wales. From £14.95 onebrowncow.co.uk STYLISTA 23
Foxford Armchair Hand made in the UK, and buttoned and upholstered in 100 per cent wool Chatsworth Opal tartan wool, the Foxford elegantly marries tradition with modern comfort. Wooden legs finished with solid brass casters complete the look. £495 alisonathome.com
Artagan Tartan Ottoman New! A wonderful addition to your lounge. This is a traditional piece that has a homely and comfortable feel as well as a fantastic place to rest tired legs! £588 sweetpeaandwillow.com
Nickel Fire Tools Stunning and very individual set of fire tools. Made of nickel and built to the highest standard. Please note the wonderful circular design on the top of each tool which conveniently allows you to store them away without hassle. £465 sweetpeaandwillow.com
100% Wool Checked Blanket Random colours checked wool blankets, made in Wales from from 100% recycled wool. Soft, warm and cosy, machine washable, ideal as picnic blanket, throw or winter blanket. Dimensions: 120cm x 150cm. ÂŁ22 delightfulliving.co.uk STYLISTA 25
Snowdon 30 High Res The newly released Broseley Snowdon has a mighty task to perform, not only to bathe the largest room with warmth and glowing ambience but to power the whole of a home’s central heating and hot water system with a whopping 30 KW output. The powerful Snowdon is more than capable. This is due to its solid cast iron structure is a 6mm steel wrap around boiler which harnesses the extra available heat for distribute around your home, providing 8kw of heat into the room and 22kw into the heating system, which can easily heat up to 15 radiators. Secondary air wash feature 6mm Steel wrap around boiler Tertiary air For cleaner burn and higher efficiency Double Doors with large viewing windows Thermostat control Simple Installation 6” Flue outlet Dimensions: W:747mm x H:768mm x D:440mm 1 year manufacturers warranty Free uk mainland delivery £1,799 ludlowstoves.co.uk
Boru-600i Inset The Boru 600 Inset is a class leader when it comes to space heating. It has a massive 10kw output and a large viewing area of the flame. It has a separate door for removing the ash pan. ÂŁ1238.40 ludlowstoves.co.uk
looking after indoor plants at Christmas
enneth Freeman, Head of Innovation, Ambius provides his top tips for caring for you plants over the Christmas period. Christmas is coming, and that brings a number of challenges to people looking after indoor plants â€“ whether they are professional interior landscapers or keen home gardeners.
Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are among the most commonly used seasonal plants. You will often find them forming part of Christmas seasonal displays and for sale at every garden centre and supermarket from mid-November onwards. As well as the traditional bright red varieties, new types in deep red (almost maroon), cream, pink and white are also available. Unfortunately, poinsettias have a reputation as being short-lived and difficult to maintain, even over the relatively short period that they are in our homes or offices.
Here are ten tips that we can share that will help them to look good for longer. Poinsettias are not deadly toxic to people, children or animals (although the sap can be irritating) Poinsettias MUST BE unwrapped from their sleeves as soon as you get them indoors. Keep warm. Poinsettias originate from the warm climate of Mexico and central America, and donâ€™t like sitting in cold vehicles, cold buildings or watered with cold water. It substantially reduces their life span. Poinsettias will do better in warmer, draught free locations. NEVER place them near cold draughts or outside doorways. Red poinsettias often look poor under fluorescent lighting. Incandescent or halogen lighting makes them look their best. STYLISTA 31
White or pink poinsettias will look better for longer display periods (over three weeks). Red ones tend to fade in colour if in low light for over three weeks. Many of today’s modern poinsettias were bred to have flexible bracts (the coloured leaves around the rather insignificant flowers); thus they tend to weep a little. This is natural. On some, the foliage has the same appearance. Whilst they can consume a lot of water, poinsettias should never be allowed to stand in water. Whilst wilted poinsettias may have their life span reduced, soaking the root ball with warm water will often cause severely wilted poinsettias to revive. Revival should occur within one hour, so don’t chuck out your plants until you have tried this.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew This lovely illustration is taken from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, founded in 1787 by William Curtis (1746-1799) and is unsigned. It could be by botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch who illustrated the majority of plates in 1834 to 1877 or William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) who took over the editorship of the Magazine in 1827. The Magazine continues to be published to this day. Set of mugs from creative-tops.com
Poinsettia quality varies WIDELY from grower to grower, and year to year. You often get what you pay for. … And finally, the answer is no, white poinsettias don’t turn pink then finally “ripen” to red. Dobbies Red Glittered Poinsettia in Gold Glass Pot £8 tesco.com
What about alternatives to poinsettias?
f poinsettias don’t get your is known as the Easter Cactus and horticultural juices flowing, usually flowers during the spring in there are some good alternative the Northern Hemisphere. seasonal plants to consider. Here are a couple to think about. One plant that you might consider is the Hippeastrum, often erroneously called Amaryllis (which is a related species, but not the one you’ll commonly find). It is a bulbous plant (grown from a large, onion-shaped bulb) that is often in flower at this time of year. Available in a wide variety of colours and flower forms, this impressive and spectacular plant is easy to care for. The word cactus conjures up images of the spiky, desert plants seen in cowboy films. However, the cactus family is quite diverse, and one member of this group is the Christmas cactus - species and hybrids in the Schlumbergera genus. These plants, originally from the cloud forests of Brazil (where they grow in tree tops at altitudes between 1,000 and 1,700 metres above sea level) are also very easy to look after. They can be induced to produce flower buds by keeping them relatively cool (10°C – 15°C / 50°F – 60°F) for six to eight weeks. Some examples of this species are known to be over 100 years old and they can get very big indeed. A related species, Rhipsalis gaertneri,
Dobbies White Cyclamen in Knitted effect pot £8 tesco.com STYLISTA 33
Tips for indoor plants
in the winter
f your offices are shutting down over Christmas, or if you are going away on holiday, spare a thought for your indoor plants.
Most indoor plants are a lot more robust than you think, and can manage quite well for a week or two without much thought, but there are some things you can do to ensure that you won’t come back to a collection of dead sticks and fallen leaves.
If the lights are going to be turned off, turn down the temperature a little as well, otherwise the balance light temperature and water will be lost and your plants might suffer. But don’t turn the thermostat too low – some succulents really can’t cope with temperatures below about 10 °C – Crassulas (money plants) can collapse and fall apart (although they can re-grow, very slowly) and Sansevieria (Mother-in-law’s tongue) will go mushy and smelly. Orchids and poinsettias will also be unhappy if they get chilled.
Red Cyclamen in metal planter with tartan ribbon £15 tesco.com
Don’t be tempted to over-water the plants “just to be on the safe side”. If it is cool, or darker than usual, the plants can’t make use of the excess, and you might damage the roots and the soil structure. If you have an irrigation system installed (office plants usually do), then your plants will manage perfectly well for two or three weeks without worry. Baubles, lights, silly string and fake snow are best reserved for Christmas trees. As well as looking a little undignified on your nice specimen tropical plant, you could end up damaging the foliage. Having said that, why not decorate the soil surface with a seasonal top dressing – pine cones or even coloured baubles might look pretty and festive without risking any damage to the plants.
Dobbies Topiary Ball in Pot 35cm-£20, 32cm-£15 and 15cm-£7 tesco.com STYLISTA 35
The Bridge Writing Desk The Bridge, a luxury leather goods designer brand, has values that engage style, multifunctionality and durability, ever-placed since it’s birth in the 1970s. The strong Italian heritage is evident throughout, with Tuscan inspiration cleverly combined with a fundamentally “English” look, to create an Anglo-Tuscan style, which takes the most elegant-allure from these two different cultures. All hand-crafted produce from The Bridge is expertly created by a skillful team of artisans who place great care in their craft and ensuring each piece is unique. The writing desk is available from £18,000
Juliet Chaise Made with a coil-sprung seat, polished, tapered wood legs. This gorgeous chaise is available in left or right facing. Optional cabriole leg. In fabric from Linwood’s glamour collection £1,585 whiteheaddesigns.com
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Minster Knole The Minster Knole is made with a coil-sprung seat, hollofibre seat cushions. The scatter cushions are filled with Duck feather & down side Polished, tapered wood legs and brass or chrome castors. Available with a fixed or drop arm. Finials available in 6 styles and the fabric by Linwood From ÂŁ2,000 + fabric for a two-seater option, or from ÂŁ2,350 + fabric for a three-seater option. whiteheaddesigns.com STYLISTA 37
Reflex Angelo Featured in the new luxurious Mayfair Design Studio Reflex Angeloâ€™s creates contemporary furniture which synthesises technology, design, research and tradition. Often incorporating or using Murano glass as the basis for its designs, it creates exquisite pieces which reflect the heritage of Venetian handicraft while maintaining the companyâ€™s modern aesthetic.
Basillica Lustre Pendant Group For that final shimmering statement, the free blown glass Basilica pendant design is fitting for a more feminine style. Delicate in form, its curving silhouette and lustrous iridescent sheen will create an exquisite illuminated centerpiece, guaranteed to bring any interior space to life. From ÂŁ340 heathfield.co.uk
Griffe Also featured in the new Mayfair Design Studio, Griffe a Milan based glass company founded in 1936. The company specialises in the glass products produced by the famous Empoli region in Tuscany, Italy. Mouth blown in the traditional Empoli way, the Griffe glass collection is hand carved and decorated in gold, silver and platinum and often coloured, to create one of a kind pieces.
Basillica Lustre Pendant
One of Heathfields new creations for 2014, this stunning Basillica Lustre pendant is perfect to add a touch of class to any room. From ÂŁ340 heathfield.co.uk
Colombo Stile Colombo Stile is another company which is being featured in the new Mayfair Design Studio. Founded in 1886 in the heart of the Italian manufacturing industry, Brianza, Colombo Stile has become a leading company in the furniture and furnishings sector. Handmade in Italy by ebony masters, each piece of its eclectic furniture collection is a work of decorative art.
Limted Edition Caillou chair To celebrate 15 years of Gumball 3000, an annual 3,000-mile international motor rally, Rousseau Design has brought out a limited-edition swivel chair with Gumball 3,000 livery. Inspired by automotive design, the chair uses some of the UKâ€™s finest car-customizing companies to create its distinctive form. Influenced by 1950s and 60s
car bodywork, such as the swooping rooflines and bulging fenders of an Aston Martin DB4 or an E-type Jaguar, the chair is upholstered in the finest British leather by our Rolls-Royce trained trimmer featuring double-stitch detailing throughout and a luxurious quilt-stitched centre. The outer surface is an exquisite pitted bronze-coated fibreglass composite structure that sits around an aluminium swivel base. The collection of 15 pieces will be individually numbered, starting from the first year of the Gumball rally in 1999 and going through to 2013. ÂŁ7,000 rousseau.co.uk
Dress to Impressâ€”The Kensington Dressing Room
haracterised by a clean crisp finish and elegant lines, the Kensington Dressing Room concept is one of the brand new concepts available from fitted furniture specialists Neville Johnson. Ideal for period properties, the tall door heights and cornicing details complement the grand, high ceilings; making the best use of the space and highlighting its impressive proportions.
Kensington Dressing Room fit for a princess
well-ordered island unit positioned near the window comes available with a variety of drawer sizes, meaning youâ€™ll be able to store all manner of items away securely and discreetly. The ample space within the handcrafted cabinetry is supplemented by other storage
options in the room, including open storage for shoes and handbags with a bespoke wardrobe ladder - a quirky touch that complements the style and mood of the room. Every design is unique and customised to a specific brief, which means that Neville Johnson can work with tricky architectural features such as sloping ceilings, doorways or awkwardly shaped rooms to create a professional finish that utilises every inch of space. Prices start from ÂŁ3,000 nevillejohnson.co.uk
Stuff of Dreams Christmas Collection
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