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verybody loves Christmas, yet still we all complain when it seems to start earlier each year, and go on for longer, and involve more intense preparation. But there's no denying that decorations do get better every year: more stylish, more varied and more humorous. Some of my favourites this year include the hot dog stand bauble at the Conran Shop, the do-it-yourself wooden elves at Skandium and the intensely colourful boiled wool creations at Anthropologie. Also this year, crackers have got serious with new offerings from Claridges and a huge range at Harrods – while a strong focus on sustainability is leading to a rejection of anything single-use (yes, including crackers). Not everything in this issue is Christmassy, however, because we're combining December and January into a single winter magazine – so as well as Christmas excess we're looking at January lounging. Lighting plays a role as we admire Plumo's energy-efficient bulbs and Cameron Design's on-trend strip lights – and swoon over Bella Freud's showhome in TV Centre. The fashion designer has teamed up with salvage expert Maria Speake from Retrouvius to furnish an entire penthouse, and it's not just the lighting that's covetable. Happy Christmas.

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DESIGN Art fairs, festivals and events for your calendar By H E L E N B R OW N

T I M H AY WO O D : S OA R Until 8 December J O N AT H A N C O O P E R

This unmissable exhibition from Tim Haywood includes dynamic visions of soaring birds of prey and the courtship displays of exotic species. Exquisitely executed in watercolour and gouache, Haywood’s paintings combine technical brilliance with the emotional intensity of colour, perfectly capturing the play of light and shade over feathers. 20 Park Walk, SW10; jonathancooper.co.uk

THE CRAFTED K I TC H E N Until 20 December B U LT H A U P

Bulthaup Mayfair have teamed up with Hexagon Classic Design to curate a gorgeous popup exhibition of ceramics. Put together by Racheline Michaels of Hexagon Classic Design, the collaboration celebrates craftsmanship, creativity and the skill of introducing beautiful objects into a kitchen or living space. 37 Wigmore Street, W1U; bulthaup-mayfair.co.uk

CLASSIC GEMS Ongoing R I C H A R D YO U N G G A L L E R Y

Having embarked on the mammoth task of digitalising its archive, the Richard Young Gallery has unearthed some gems from Richard’s prolific career as a celebrity photographer. This recently re-discovered and gorgeously candid shot of Faye Dunaway is on display for the winter season along with many more from Richard’s classic collection. 4 Holland Street, W8; richardyounggallery.co.uk

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A long overdue recognition of Anni Albers’ pivotal contribution to modern art and design is presented at Tate Modern, showcasing the artist’s creative process and her engagement with art. The focal point of the exhibition is Albers’ seminal publication On Weaving and the wide range of material she gathered together to create the book. Bankside, SE1; tate.org.uk

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The annual Small Is Beautiful exhibition is back for a 35th edition, offering purveyors of fine art the chance to purchase smaller pieces by internationally known names and emerging talents. Established at Flowers Gallery in 1974, the exhibition invites selected contemporary artists working in any media to present works with a fixed scale of 7 x 9 inches. 21 Cork Street, W1S; flowersgallery.com

FESTIVE SHOPPING Shop exquisite gifts and unique pieces for the home at these unmissable Christmas markets

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I N T H E N E WS U P DAT E S F R O M T H E I N D U S T R Y LOOM BAND B E AT R I C E L A R K I N Beatrice Larkin specialises in modern woven textiles, all made in Lancashire on jacquard looms. Bea turns them into throws and cushions in London; her distinct, geometric, monochrome patterns take inspiration from traditional weave structures and West African textiles, as well as Bauhaus and Brutalist architecture. £260 madeandgood.com

PAPER PLAY B A N B AY U Designed and produced in Transylvania, Romania, the range of eco friendly and sustainable wallpapers at Banbayu takes inspiration from travel, nature and history. Update any room with bold patterned and quirky wallpaper designs made with premium non- woven quality substrate that’s surface printed with ecofriendly inks. banbayu.com

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This is probably the cutest diff user ever. Anya Hindmarch's new collection of home fragrances recreate smells that evoke nostalgia for her. Using innovative ceramic reeds disguised as pencils, the Chewing Gum Diff user is disguised as a pencil pot: it's a cheerful mix of mint, raspberry, school uniforms and music lessons, £99. anyahindmarch.com

NKUKU With their distinctive design and elegant shape, the Nkuku Karuma ceramics come in a striking blue and white combination, handmade in North Vietnam using age-old methods. Traditional wooden tools are used etch its thin blue lines into the clay before being hand painted. sue-parkinson.com

WOOL RULES BRITISH BLANKETS Members of the Campaign for Wool, the British Blanket Company is founded on a love of colour, a passion for British manufacture and a belief that nothing makes a house a home like a cosy throw. They offer a luxurious collection of woollen throws and blankets in a wide range of shades, showcasing the very best home-grown design. thebritishblanketcompany.com

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o celebrate the launch of their yearlong partnership with American businesswoman, interior designer and style icon Iris Apfel, global design brand Nude is launching an Inspired by Iris collection of striking designs which draw on Iris’s indomitable style at Maison & Objet in January. Working with Nude’s design team, Iris has added her own unique touch to existing Nude collections in the only way she knows how: by adding layers of decoration and colour. Tomas Kral’s iconic Beak collection has been reimagined in acid bright colours and bold stripes. Suitable for water or wine, this whimsical collection is the perfect dinner party accompaniment. The once simple Mono Box, originally designed by Ayse Birsel for Nude, has similarly undergone an Iris Apfel transformation, with clashing colours and elegant patterns being added to the vase’s curved exterior. An art piece in itself, the multifunctional Mono Box can be used as a vase to complement a beautiful floral arrangement, as a bowl or even as an ice bucket. Other new pieces include a pair of lead-free crystal Iris Apfel paperweights which feature the American fashion hero’s iconic glasses and red lipstick. Nude’s ethos of ‘simple is beautiful’ might not seem an obvious match for Apfel’s bold, challenging and decidedly unsimple style, but the two agree on one core message: ‘simple is beautiful’. Apfel says: “As you can see I am hardly a minimalist. I love to layer accessories and dress in colour, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think simple. Nude is my simplicity, simplicity is a state of mind, and I think simple is beautiful” The new collections will be available in spring 2019 at nudeglass.com.

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H O M E HOME previews the Geffrye Museum’s Christmas workshops G E F F RY E - M U S E U M .O R G .U K

T H U R S DAY 6 D EC E M B E R 7- 9 P M A N D S AT U R DAY 1 5 D EC E M B E R , 2 -4 P M C R E AT E A R A I N B O W W R E AT H Tickets £35 (15% concs). For adults

A fun and colourful take on the traditional Christmas wreath, these rainbow wreaths are made from baubles, glitter and sparkles to give a unique festive look guaranteed to make your door the most stylish in town.

Craft your own Christmas at the Geffrye with a series of practical workshops that range from screen printing Christmas wrapping paper and cards to creating beautiful home-made decorations and preparing a winter wellness survival kit

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Learn to print your own Christmas wrapping paper and cards. Using high-quality materials, choose from a wide range of designs and colours to make unique, handmade items - perfect for making your gifts stand out this year and adding a personal touch to your festive mail.

Create beautiful handmade decorations using brightly coloured origami shapes, seed pods and fir cones, taught by fine artist and florist Freya Gabie.

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S AT U R DAY 8 D EC E M B E R 1 1 A M -5 P M CHRISTMAS MAKERS’ MARKET Free entry. All ages.

Browse and buy unique hand-made gifts from London makers and enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas tree with hot street food and a beer from Hackney Brewery in hand. There will also be workshops and activities under cover at this family-friendly event in the Geffrye’s beautiful front gardens.

S U N DAY 9 D EC E M B E R 1 -3 P M C H R I S T M A S G R E E N E RY W O R K S H O P Tickets £60/£50 concs. For adults

Join the Geffrye’s Head Gardener for this popular festive greenery workshop to make a wonderful seasonal wreath for your home.

MAKE A CHRISTMAS TERRARIUM Tickets £35. For adults

MAKE A WINTER W E L L N E S S S U R V I VA L K I T Tickets £35. For adults

Learn to love the colder months by making your own wellness products to keep you cosy indoors. Find out more about the restorative and relaxing properties of herbs and essential oils to make your own nature-inspired winter survival kit, including herbal bath-bags, an all-natural sleep pillow and a soothing scented candle.

Make your own indoor garden in a glass bowl with a special festive twist. Learn which plants to choose and how to maintain them, then add decorations and festive sparkles to create the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas dining table.

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N'La Chiave Nero' essential oil-based diffuser by Fornasetti is fragranced with the label's signature 'Otto' scent. It's printed with a dual-sided key and lock design featuring opera singer and muse Lina Cavalieri. £355

C A R AVA N E From raw French linen to Indian block printing, Caravane's edit reflects the travels of its owners, Véronique and Jack-Eric Piedeleu, bridging cultures and decades with timeless products. The beautiful new shop in Coal Drops Yard is full of covetable items.

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SPIRIT AWAY HARRIS GIN

The arward-winning and delicious Harris Gin, from the isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, comes in a beautiful rippled glass bottle and this beautiful gift set – made in collaboration with Wrześniak Glassworks – comes with two unique, hand-blown martini glasses. £72; harrisdistillery.com

TOP SHOP SUCH AND SUCH

Such & Such is an online store offering a carefully curated selection of original homeware and lifestyle goods. They source unique, well made and beautifully designed products that tell a story. suchandsuch.co

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Alessi's new Plissé kettle join its exisiting collection of iconic and instantly recognisable kettles. Designed by Michele De Lucchi, its shape is defined by its folds which have been created with the use of traditional and skilful process of pleating, giving the kettle its name. £79 alessi.com

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WOOD YOU RATHER? Don't want a real tree and can't bear the artificial ones? A display of stylish wooden ones could be just the thing. The Oak Men's hand-carved decorative oak trees come in two sizes and are subtly yet definitely festive. From £25

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Marimekko's beautiful prints are appealing all year round but this soft , heart-shaped decoration is a stylish and pretty addition to any tree. £9.50, skandium.com

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Aarikka's DIY Sauna kit includes everything you need to make these two dinky characters yourself. , £26 skandium.com

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The Nordic santa and angel Christmas tree toppers by Gisela Graham are cute and characterful. £6, tch.net

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Light the candle on December 1 and let it count down to Christmas by burning through one number each day. When the flame reaches 24, it's Christmas Eve. Broste Copenhagen's advent calendar is stylish and fun. £15; scandinaviandesigncentre.com

SEASON’S GREETING

KING OF CATS This large Christmas panther bauble made from painted glass is the ultimate festive feline. £11.95 limelace.co.uk

Anthropologie's felt decorations avoid the standard Christmas iconography in favour of more colourful, summery symbols. This Gulf Coast tree topper features flowers, flamingoes and mushrooms, for instance. £53

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Handmade in Denmark, the Flenstead Christmas mobile features a couple of pixies, their house and a forest of festive trees. £21.50; hurnandhurn.com

WALL STORY

Jan Constantine's Apine wall hanging is a beautiful piece to keep for years, made to order in wool with hand embroidery and applique. £950 janconstantine.com

SHINE ON

Habitat's baubles are an old school mix of tassles, glitter and sparkle. No unseasonal minimalism here. habitat.co.uk

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Each cracker contains an exclusive Tart recipe card designed by Scribble & Daub with accompanying spice mix by Rooted Spice that are cleverly designed to incorporate Christmas leftovers. £56 matildagoad.com

KATIE LEAMON

These Confetti crackers are Katie Leamon's most luxurious ones yet, with dinky gifts including indoor sparklers, a wooden puzzle, wooden dice, wooden spinning tops, colouring pencils and bumble bee soap. £42, katieleamon.com

FEVER TREE

Fever Tree's crackers contain a miniature bottle of craft gin and the perfectly paired Fever-Tree tonic to go with it. £7 each johnlewis.com

CLARIDGES

Claridge’s first ever crackers are filled with a host of stylish surprises inspired by the hotels’ culinary heritage. From a mother of pearl caviar spoon to a crested Claridge’s egg cup, these gifts are a cut above. £75 claridges.co.uk

HARRODS

Harrods' colourful Circus crackers come with fun gifts such as a silver yoyo, a wooden ruler and some stylish hatpins. £11o harrods.com

JO MALONE

Jo Malone's annual cracker is filled with tiny treats: Basil & Neroli Cologne, Blackberry & Bay Body & Hand Wash, and compelling, addictive Mimosa & Cardamom Body Crème. £33 jomalone.co.uk

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London skyline, its midcentury aesthetic lovingly restored in its conversion to a residential development. She said: ‘It was great to work in a place with so much history – that has been so entwined with my life and my interests – and to imagine how I would live there.’ The seventh floor penthouse’s layout is upside down, with bedrooms on the lower floor as you enter, and a large open plan living/ dining area and kitchen upstairs, on top of the world. Impressive views stretch for miles over west London on one side of the building – on the other side you can see directly into the neighbours’ lives. Residents have been instructed to keep their laundry out of sight (literally and figuratively) and sliding glass doors open onto large terraces. The living area is decadent – think rich shades of rust, green and gold with stylish lacquered sofa frames in black – and walls range from murky green to ochre to neutral. Vintage light fittings are large in scale: above the glass dining table is a 1960s chandelier arrangement in gold and frosted glass, and a collection of Marcel Breuer cantilever cane chairs. A small snug room leads off the kitchen area, designed with Bella’s teenage son Jimmy in mind and simply furnished with an outsize screen and a gold corduroy sofa, with cork wall tiles and more gold light fittings. MARIA SPEAKE (LEFT) AND BELLA FREUD IN THE PENTHOUSE

Downstairs, the bedrooms are cosier and darker. The master bedroom is painted deep, dark red and a low, metal-framed bed is arranged with Bella’s slogan blankets and cushions. The second bedroom has a thick golden carpet - Bella calls the shade ‘marigold’ – and woollen wall hangings create a luxurious, rich feel. Maria Speake – dressed on brand in a red 1970 sweater – explains the design process: “We kept saying, ‘is it porny enough?’” Artworks include photographs from Lorena Lohr, sexy, colourful and subversive plates by Eliza Hopewell, and op-art prints by Jacob Wolff. This isn’t the first time Freud and Speake have collaborated: they have worked on two successive London homes for Bella, as well as her flagship store on Chiltern Street. Speake said: ‘This was a fantastic excuse to work with Bella again. An extraordinary skyline, a historic building... we had a lot of fun.’Helios 710 was imagined by Maria and Bella as a sanctuary for the designer and her family, creating private as well as social spaces leaving their use flexible, ready to adapt to changing needs. The apartment is for sale at £3.925m, fully furnished; televisioncentre.com

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D E S I G N | TREND DAVEY LIGHTING Rise and Fall light in polished copper, £479 dusklights.co.uk

DECADANT DECS Giant metallic paper fans, £15 talkingtables.co.uk

THE CONRAN SHOP Metallic balloon animal tree decoration, £15 conranshop.co.uk

GINGER RAY Wrapping tape in gold, £4 amazon.co.uk

SHINE ON

ANGLEPOISE Type 75 desk lamp in gold lustre, £160 anglepoise.com

FERM LIVING Circle candle holder in gold, £103 trouva.com

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THOMAS GOODE Eugenie tableware, £POA thomasgoode.com

By P E N D L E H A R T E TOM DIXON Tank whiskey set in platinum stripe, £200 tomdixon.net

JONATHAN ADLER Puzzle mirror, £1950 jonathanadler.com

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L I G H T F A N T A S T I C When 2LG Studio needed lights for their new kitchen, they went to Cameron Design House. HOME admires the results Words P E N D L E H A R T E photography M E G A N TAY LO R

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D E S I G N | LIGHTING

The lights would be at home on a spaceship from the future or on the set of a Kubrick movie

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his kitchen takes up most of the ground floor of a Victorian house in south London belonging to Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio. It showcases a range designed by the studio for John Lewis of Hungerford, and its beautiful scheme is complemented by specially designed lighting by Cameron Design House. The challenge was to take the classic strip light and re-imagine it in a contemporary context. “We love to disrupt the norm and wanted to do just that with our Victorian property. The lights are a key part of that for us, bringing an ultra modern edge to the period architecture.” say 2LG. “We wanted to create lighting that was functional and beautiful. We started with a fluorescent strip light as a base and went

from there,” say 2LG. The idea was to create something that felt at once familiar and alien; and it had to feature colour. “We are often drawn to what other may see as ugly. This intrigues us. So we loved the idea of taking a strip light and making it sexy.” The elegant lights come in green, pink, brushed brass and blue, which have become 2LG’s core colours over the past five years. The lights have a pill shape and look almost as though you could break the glass in case of emergency to release a life-giving substance. They are beautifully crafted, yet playful. This collaboration between Cameron Design House and 2LG Studio has captured the attention of the design world with its promotion of the importance of individuality through interiors. 2LG say: “We like to disrupt spaces and for us this light works in both modern and period settings. There is an exciting tension when you place a bold modern statement in a classical or persion setting. They would be equally at home on a spaceship from the future or on the set of a Kubrick movie.” The kitchen range features curved tops and fluted glass and is available in 2LG’s signature colour palette of pale pinks, garden green and electric blue. The star piece is the freestanding larder unit with fluted glass doors and a painted interior.

2LG The couple, former actors, launched their business in 2014. Taking their name from the suffix of their first postcode, 2LG, they became known to their friends as the 2 Lovely Gays. 2lgstudio.com Capsule lights by Cameron Design House in collaboration with 2LG Studio, from £2,600.00; The Rise Kitchen designed by 2LG Studio for John Lewis of Hungerford with Flooring by Havwoods; Paint by Mylands; Colourmatched radiators by Bisque; dining chairs by Menu; counters and backsplash by Caesarstone camerondesignhouse.com

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D E S I G N | TREND BROSTE COPENHAGEN Geometric aluminium candlesticks, from £46 wild-swans.com

FERM LIVING Brass hanging tealight holder, £65 cloudberryliving.com

COX & COX Three tealight houses, £45 coxandcox.co.uk

GISELA GRAHAM Bright candle holders, £4.50 each tch.net

TOM DIXON Rock candleholders, from £75 tomdixon.net

FERM LIVING Bow candle holder, £109 connox.co.uk

BRIGHT S PA R K S

MUUTO Open candelabra, £75 madeindesign.co.uk

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IITTALA Napula candle holders, from £27 skandium.com

LOLA & MAWU MARQUIS AND DAWE

Tealight candleholder set of three, £80 lolaandmawu.com

Grey mouse tea light holder, £16 marquisanddawe.co.uk

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Green light Plumen launched the world’s first design-led efficient lightbulb in 2010 and has come a long way since then. HOME quizzes founder Nicolas Roope Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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Q: Many of us struggle to understand the environmental impacts of different bulbs. Could you explain quickly? A: The main thing to focus on is efficiency. LED bulbs use less than 20% of the energy incandescent bulbs use to create the same amount of light. Because lighting accounts for such a large percentage of domestic and industrial energy use, then this 80%+ reduction is a huge chunk of saved energy. And when your energy use is reduced, you don’t need to burn so much coal to generate energy. If we can get clean energy generation to grow and energy use to fall, then one day (hopefully very soon) they’ll meet in the middle and we’ll no longer need to burn things every time we flip a switch. Q: As the world’s first ‘designer efficient light bulb’ was the Plumen bulb devised to address primarily the ugliness of the original low-voltage bulbs, or the nasty light they made? A: We started Plumen to address all the issues that stopped people buying efficient bulbs. People’s primary complaints were the ugliness of the products, the bad light quality and the slowness of ignition. So we made a pretty bulb, with nice light and instant startup. Good looks, plus the quality and experience of light are of equal performance. We knew we had to really make people fall in love with the designs and user experience if we were going to make any impact and build a brand. Q: And how did you go about making it? A: We started with a bunch of sketches with pipe cleaners, then when we’d lined up a factory we brought in a designer to work with (Samuel Wilkinson) and then went out to research what was possible on the production lines in China. After lots of iterations and trial and error, we arrived at a viable industrial product.

We made a pretty bulb, with nice light and instant startup

Q: What is Plumen’s best-selling product? A: It is still the classic 001 design although the other models are building all the time. The 003 is like a best kept secret, but because it produces such a magical light, there’s a growing fan base around it’s golden glow.

PLUMEN FOUNDERS NICHOLAS ROOPE (LEFT) AND MICHAEL-GEORGE HEMUS

D E S I G N LIGHTING

Q: What is it makes the quality of some lighting so ugly and how can you avoid this? A: It’s to do with new lighting technology. The cheap tech doesn’t possess the full spectrum of light. And if certain areas of the spectrum in the light are patchy, then the colours you perceive in that light feel flat, grey and cold – like a horror movie. If you love high quality white light then look for the CRI (Colour Rending Index). Anything in the high 80s and above is going to be pleasant. The other key thing for buyers is to be aware of kelvin. With LED you can buy different light temperatures. If you want the warmer light of a standard incandescent then make sure you buy ‘warm white’ which is usually somewhere around 2700k (kelvins). A cooler, daylight bulb or “cool white” will be a higher number, e,g. 4000k. These are good for bright, awake spaces, but a bit of a vibe-killer in cosier places. plumen.com

Q: Are Plumen bulbs designed to be used without a shade? A: Yes they are. It’s obviously part of the efficiency drive. The less you shade, the more efficient. But if you don’t shade then the bulbs has to be beautiful and interesting. Now that the 001 design is LED it also dims which makes it work even better naked. We still love seeing our bulbs together with shades and accessories though. Even if a glass shades is clear it adds a lot to the look (but doesn’t cost efficiency). We’re Pinterest obsessives, always looking for brands and designs to buddy up with.

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Steel framed Glazing from Fabco Sanctuary offers unparalleled performance values out the property and chose to install Fabco’s bespoke steel doors throughout the ground floor of their home. With the help of their architect they looked at several steel window companies, but Fabco stood out straight away. Their pricing was competitive, lead times were workable, and the builders chosen to complete the renovation had worked with them in the past. All of Fabco’s products are engineered on specialised CNC machinery. This ensures higher degrees of accuracy and allows them to work within much smaller tolerances. The benefits are numerous. Fabco frames perform better, last longer and have shorter manufacturing times. FABCO 01903 718808 enquiries@fabcosanctuary.com w w w.fabcosanctuary.com

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When architect Guy Stansfeld first saw this Victorian villa in Holland Park, it was divided into four flats. HOME quizzes him about its total transformation Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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Q: The house is beautiful. How big was the project and where did you begin? A: Thank you. The house is not large by west London standards, but the project was a significant undertaking as it involved an almost total rebuild of the original house, including a large new basement, on a tight, tricky site. Q: What was the brief? A: The brief was to create a comfortable family home, maximising available light and space and to accommodate an extensive art collection. Q: How did you change the building’s layout? A: The two really significant changes were the creation of a new basement and a total reworking of the original staircase. The house was divided into four flats when we began so there is pretty much nothing left of the original layout. Q: There are lots of glass doors and partitions. Can you tell us about them? A: We wanted to create a sense of openness

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The rooms are all simple rectangular spaces so we wanted the circulation spaces to be a bit softer and more organic throughout the house, in particular within and between the principal floors. There was some conflict between this desire and the need to create functional spaces that could be used separately and privately. Glazed partitions provide the best of both worlds, creating separation but retaining the strong visual connections that we sought. Q: How was the storage created? A: Storage has been created on every level. It has all been integrated in such a way as to minimise its visual impact and use ‘leftover’ space as much as possible. The brief demanded a large art store which has been incorporated into the basement behind a huge secret door. Q: The staircase is a beautiful shape and the halls seem so wide. Can you tell us about that? A: The staircase is in fact very modest in size but the simple white sculptural shapes, huge window and skylight and the narrow double-height volume all make it feel larger than it really is. The rooms are all simple rectangular spaces so we wanted the circulation spaces to be a bit softer and more organic. Q: Can you describe the colour scheme and the materials used? A: The materials palette has been kept very simple. White walls, a mix of polished concrete and oak parquet on the floors, black Crittal windows and subtle details highlighted in brass. The idea was to make calm, beautiful spaces and to let the owners’ collection of beautiful art and furniture shine. We were lucky enough to have a client with a fantastic eye for style and colour. We worked very closely together to ensure a seamless continuity between the architecture and interior design. 318.studio

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER DEIRDRE DYSON

An artist first and foremost, Dyson knows how to create a statement under your feet. This abstract, plumage-inspired rug is bold and beautiful. Its classic contemporary design is grown-up yet playful, and while it's made for the floor it wouldn't look out of place on the wall. deirdredyson.com

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LAYER WITH LINES LIGNE ROSET

These stylish rugs integrate perfectly into your space. Pure lines, made of wool and tufted by hand, choose from hundreds of colours. We love this navy 'Quadric' version. ligne-roset.com

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GAN ABOUT TOWN GAN

Made from 100% handknotted wool, this Spanishdesigned, Indian-made rug will stand the test of time. Its subtle blue grey colours provide an ideal backdrop for statement chairs and tables. ‘Hidraulic’, from £1997. woven.co.uk

SEVENTIES VIBE OLLI ELLA

For an explosion of colour we're going for this bright, patterned Casablanca rug. It's playful and fun, made of easy-to-clean New Zealand wool. You can order it in variety of sizes.From £345 olliella.com

COOL AND COLOURUL MADE

This geometric rug by Made is a winner. Though the design is busy, the muted mustard, blue and dusky pink tones mean the pattern can do all the talking. Made with durability in mind, it's super soft and hard wearing ideal for families. made.com

SUPER SOFT COX & COX

Treat your feet with this super soft cotton rug in a sumptous cream colour, ready to complement any interior style. It has tufted geometric diamond pattern and plaited tassles to each end. Ezra rug, £500 coxandcox.co.uk

WOOL WALL BRINK AND CAMPMAN

A captivating rug. The quirky, abstract pattern is balanced out by the playful use of colour. Shown here as a wall-hanging, it is both multifunctional and beautitful. Kashba Tipi, from £259 therugshopuk.co.uk

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D E S I G N | ICONS

The Legacy T H E S T O F F N AG E L C A N D L E H O L D E R Words

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fter the devastation of the city of Cologne during the war, a father who had a stroke of ingenuity sent out four brothers into the darkness of the night to collect empty bullet cartridges. The city was leveled, and struggled to light up the night with a lack of electricity, but the blacksmith father saw the brass cartridges that carpeted the floors everywhere as being merely a material from which he could mold all sorts of required amenities. He started to work with all the brass war remnants to create initially simple amenities like ashtrays and vases, but quickly saw that at night, the darkness was fended off with difficulty in a skeletal city that had just suffered the repeated bombings of the whole war. So he saw that he could transform all the brass material he could get his hands on, which was to say, a near seemingly infinite source, into simple and effective candleholders. Thus the very first true Nagel Candleholder was born. However, this is just the beginning of the story.

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Some few years later, after all the rebuilding of Germany made a substantial difference, the sons, inspired by their fathers artistic metalwork, all applied to the Cologne Art School. All filled with passion for art and design in their own ways. One of the Nagel sons went on to become a painter and a sculptor, another a silversmith, but third one, Hans, was determined to pursue his father’s work, and served as CEO of the small family company. Not even 20 years had passed since the end of the war, when the son who directly filled his father’s role at his company met the architect and artist Werner Stoff in the design community of Cologne. Stoff at the time was a performing artist, but also had developed his own signature aesthetic of rounded objects, or as he described them; “items without corners”. The two artists found that they shared a love for design and their passion for art sparked a creative match. During a ski trip, Hans accidentally tumbled backwards and broke his fall with one hand, which left three finger impressions in the snow that Hans says to be the exact moment the idea struck him. He saw in it the perfect candleholder. Nagel told this to Stoff, and asked him to make a design for a candleholder with this concept, of three legs and three slots. It was then that the Stoff-Nagel candleholder was born. It launched with tremendous success in the late 60s, but has recently been unavailable in stores. However, the Danish design company Just Right resuscitated the piece, and is launching the timeless icon again for the generations to come.

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NATURAL SHADES BROSTE COPENHAGEN

Broste Copenhagen's Christmas aesthetic strikes a fine balance between sober and extrovert. Beautiful linens in muted shades make a great bacdrop for gold cutlery, shiny candlesticks and a stylish range of coloured glasses, plus lots of pretty ceramics. brostecopnhagen.com

TH E C H RI STMAS TAB LE A B E A U T I F U L TA B L E S E T S THE SCENE FOR THE ANNUAL BIG FEAST

CHEESE COURSE LSA INTERNATIONAL

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POLAR EXPRESS TALKING TABLES

If you need single-use paper plates, Talking Tables' Nordic ones have an authentic Scandinavian feel, perfect for a stylised Christmas celebration. The range includes polar bear shaped napkins, bottle brush Christmas trees, and a polar bear figurine. talkingtables.co.uk

ACCESSORIES MATTER JONATHAN ADLER

A touch of whimsy doesn't go amiss at a festive table and we love Jonathan Adler's cute Muse Brass Place Card Holders. Each set includes four solid brass place card holders—two mustaches and two lips. £98 jonathanadler.com

MONOCHROME MANIA KATIE LEAMON

Choose a monochrome theme for your table and Katie Leamon's beautiful crackers will fit right in. Fairy lights stretched along the table are a winning look too – as long as there's enough space. katieleamon.com

GOLDEN YEARS THOMAS GOODE

Thomas Goode is synonymous with classic luxury tableware and anyone wanting the ultimate in Christmas glamour should visit the Mayfair showroom for golden talbleware and glitzy plates. thomasgoode.com

LUXE LINEN OTTOLENGHI

Ottolenghi's sumptuous new line of Christmas table linen is crafted from the highest quality Italian organic linen and is hand painted using a rich indigo, decadent gold and white colour scheme. The luxury linen hamper includes the full set as well as some edible treats. £450, ottolenghi.co.uk

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SCAN DI K I TCHEN CHRI ST M AS Published by Ryland Peters & Small, £16.99

Every December, families across Scandinavia make loads of cookies

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INGREDIENTS

550g plain/all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate/ baking soda • 1.5 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 0.5 teaspoon ground allspice • a pinch of salt 100 g granulated sugar • 100g soft dark brown sugar • 150g butter, at room temperature • 200g golden/corn syrup • 150ml double/heavy cream

Edible decorations don’t come better than these Swedish biscuits from the Scandikitchen R E C I P E B Y B R O N T E AU R E L L

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1 In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, bicarbonate/baking soda, spices, salt and sugars together. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you have an even dough. Shape it into a log and wrap in clingfilm/plastic wrap. Rest it in the fridge at least overnight before using – try to resist eating the dough while it’s chilling.

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P E P PA R K A KO R SWED ISH G IN G ER B ISCU ITS MAKES 5 0/ 70

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hese are probably the most famous treats to come out of Sweden (besides the Plopp chocolate bar). This recipe is a quick dough which is easy to roll out so the kids can make lots of festive shapes. Every December, families across Scandinavia will sit around a table with a batch of dough, festive music on, making loads of cookies and baked goods for all the coming Sundays of Advent.

2 Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6. Line several baking sheets with baking parchment. 3 On a floured surface, roll out the dough very thinly (around 2 mm/1/8 in. thick), and use cookie cutters to cut your desired shapes. Make sure they are thin biscuits. Place them on the lined baking sheets. 4 Bake in the preheated oven – each batch will take 5–6 minutes, depending on the thickness. The biscuits should be a darker shade of brown without being burnt. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before storing in an airtight container. 5 If you wish, you can let the kids loose with colourful icing/frosting. Icing/confectioners’ sugar mixed with beaten egg white and a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice makes the best decorative icing as it goes hard when it dries.

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F I E S TA If you love colour then this one’s for you. I’ve used a traditional seasonal palette of red and gold as a base but then thrown in a ‘fiesta’ vibe with OTT patterned baubles, sequins and glitter. Lots of glitter.

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T H E P L AC E S E T T I N G

Sequin garlands reflect candlelight for a kitch but elegant look

LOOK ONE

I’m always looking for unusual ways to make a place setting. For these name places, I’ve attached gift tags to small cocktail crackers but you can always use bigger versions too. I’ve also used these wool tassel tree decorations here as a cutlery tie or you could always use as a napkin ring. Again these also act as nice takeaway favours for guests to decorate their own home.

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GARLANDS

So long paper-chains – lightweight sequin garlands are the way forward. Attach several together and string across the dining table for a festoon effect. They are not as chunky as those old- school garlands and the sequin garlands reflect candlelight for a kitsch but elegant look.

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B L ACK & GOLD Black isn’t a colour that most people think to decorate with at Christmas but you can create really dramatic table schemes with a cool, contemporary vibe.

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Attach gift tags to baubles as name cards – and guests can take the baubles away with them

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Black is a great base to accentuate colour and texture. I’ve used black dinnerware as the base to this look and then layered gold and pine on top. Adding texture – like the pine fronds and pompoms – helps add warmth. Layering fir tree branches down the centre of the table and entwining battery-operated fairy lights will create a stunning centrepiece, giving a cool Scandi feel as well as filling the room with a pine scent.

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A great tip is to always take a look in the decorations section to get some inspiration for your dining table. A favourite of mine is to use baubles as name places for the dinner table. Attach gift tags to each bauble as a name card and then guests can then also take the bauble away with them to decorate their own tree.

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T H E N AT U R E INSPIRED CHRISTMAS TA B L E A refreshing, Antipodean inspired scheme that brings together eucalyptus, fruits and warming metallics. TIP 1

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This is so easy to create. Lay a line of eucalyptus stems along the length of the table and intersperse with warm gold, copper or bronze baubles which reflect candlelight. The colours look incredible together and the eucalyptus gives off a great relaxing aroma. You can also add in fruits such as pomegranates, walnuts, oranges – here I’ve spray-painted some of them gold too. Then add a selection of candlesticks (marble or metallic) of different heights to create some atmospheric lighting.

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I’ve used a small bunch of willow branches attached to two leather straps (or you can use ribbon) to hang above the table or kitchen counter. Select a colour palette of 2-3 colours (we’ve used gold and orange) and attach a selection of lightweight baubles to the branches at different heights using invisible thread. Here, we’ve also added in some miniature Christingles. Alternatively if you have a pendant light or chandelier, you can always hang baubles from them using the invisible thread.

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Poilane's beautiful biscuits can be draped around the tree or hung around the house as pretty decorations, with the added bonus of being a delicious treat. Five festive motifs include Christmas trees, moons and stars. poilane.com

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The Harvey Nichols hamper is a Christmas essential – of the countless options we love the Snowed In one. Christmas pudding, nuts, olives, wine, biscuits, cake... what more could you need? Let it snow... £150 harveynichols.com

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Farmison's pigs in blankets come in a variety of guises – the traditional versions, the truffled ones and the chestnut, sage and apricot ones. Theis excellent online butcher also offers a clever Christmas essentials box and a variety of meat boxes too. farmison.com

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Our favourite turkeys come from Copas, where they lead happy free-range lives roaming at leisure accross the way from the Wild Wood of Wind in the Willows fame. Delivered to your door on 21 December they come with full cooking instructions and a clever pop-up timer. copasturkeys.co.uk

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Christmas 2018 will be remembered as the gin one, and even the panettone is in on it. Gin Mare has teamed up with Theo Randall to create the Ginettone, laced with rosemeary and olive in a limited edition, of course. £22 ginmare.com

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Moist and delicious – this easy-to-make organic carrot and courgette cake will be a hit with your family and friends PR EPAR ATI O N TI M E • 3 0 M I N UTE S CO O KI N G TI M E • 4 0 - 4 5 M I N UTE S S E RV E S 14 INGREDIENTS

150g butter • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange • 3 large eggs, beaten • 340g plain flour Pinch of salt • 1 rounded tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 rounded tsp baking powder • 1 rounded tsp ground ginger • 225g light muscovado or soft brown sugar • 200g British organic carrots, peeled and grated • 150g courgettes, grated FROSTING

200g low fat soft cheese • 1/2tsp vanilla extract 1 small organic carrot, grated • 1tbsp light muscovado or soft brown sugar

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imply because British organic carrots taste delicious. They are produced using only natural processes including crop rotation and the use of ladybirds to control pests – natural, sustainable soil fertility is encouraged through composting and rotation with legumes to provide nitrogen, rather than synthetic fertilisers. Organic crops can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants, according to a University of Newcastle study. Organic farming minimises disruption to the natural environment; the UK government has said that organic farming is better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from sprays, produces less carbon dioxide and fewer dangerous wastes.

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4 Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out carefully. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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5 Make the frosting by beating the low fat soft cheese, vanilla extract and reserved orange zest together. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Put the grated carrot into a frying pan with the sugar and heat gently to melt and caramelise. Cool, then scatter over the cake.

• For more information on British organic carrots, including health benefits, recipes and organic farming, please visit britishorganiccarrots.co.uk

6 Cook’s tip: Keep the cake refrigerated, though serve at room temperature. You can freeze the cake for up to 2 months without the frosting.

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ADD 50ML OF WHITLEY NEILL GIN TO A LARGE BALLOON GLASS FILLED WITH ICE. TOP WITH LAMB & WATT ORIGINAL TONIC WATER AND GARNISH WITH AN ORANGE WHEEL.

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L I V I N G CHRISTMAS HUSH HEATH Balfour Brut Rose 2014 from Kent, £38 hushheath.com

BRUNO PAILLARD Dosage Zeromulti-vintage champagne, £49.80 bibendum-wine.co.uk

JAWBOX Small batch London gin, £30 31dover.com

HARRIS GIN Gin from the Isle of Harris, infused with sugar kelp. £37 harrisdistillery.com

MACALLAN 12 year-old Sherry Oak cask whisky, £68.95 thewhiskyexchange.com

BERRY BROS & RUDD Cold drip coffee liqueur, £26.50 bbr.com

OLD BAKERY GIN London dry gin, inspired by a 100 year old recipe, £40 oldbakerygin.com

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A blend of Jamaican Pot and Column Stills, infused with ginger, £26.99 jamaicacoverum.com

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BERRY BROS & RUDD London dry gin, £25 bbr.com

JAISALMER Indian craft gin, £35.45 thewhiskyexchange.com

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MR BLACK Cold brew coffee liqueur, £39.95 harveynichols.com

SCHRAMSBERG Schramsberg sparkling wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in California. Blanc de Blanc 2015, £34 vineyardcellars.com

HOTEL CHOCOLAT Chocolat cream liqueur, £25 hotelchocolat.com

CHAPEL DOWN Limited edition Bacchus gin, £35 chapeldown.com

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Seasonal flowers from newcomer The Odd Flower come beautifully packaged and complete with arranging tips. Available by subscription or as one-off gifts, the selection is stylish and luxurious, complemented by a home styling service, if you choose.

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Bloom & Wild has put tpgether a gorgeous array of seasonal bouquets that symbolise Christmas. From beautiful holly and amaryllis to themed aspen bouquets, there are gift boxes to match – and they'll deliver a set of mini Christmas trees too. bloomandwild.com

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Bloom and Wild has teamed up with Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart for their first ever wreath. Filled with scented pine, dried lavender and lime, this aromatic wreath will start your Christmas countdown in style. £60 bloomandwild.com

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Beautiful door wreaths at The Real Flower Co include the lavender and lime one, the thistle and berry one, the woodland antique rose one and –best of all – the beautiful white Nordic rose one. You can even add chocolates and champagne to your order. realflowers.co.uk

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Strups' fine brass plated ring with leather strap is a great base for making your own original door wreath. Wrap Christmas tree clippings and eucalyptus leaves around it and just keep adding. From £18, skandium.com

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e loveChristmas.Like, really love it. It’s the diamond nestled among the grubby coals of an English winter, the thing that gives colour to those colourless months of grey skies and sodden ground. But there’s no denying Christmas is complicated. Years ago, we could enjoy the festive period in relatively straightforward style, complete with plastic trees, plastic decorations, plastic toys and every other throwaway (probably plastic) novelty the high street could muster. But those guilty times were also, ironically, more innocent. Many of us didn’t realise the impact of our actions – and our consumption. Now we do. And with rising awareness about the environmental effects of unfettered consumption comes a tricky relationship with this most wasteful of holidays. So how to create a Christmas brimming with magic and fun (not to mention toys) without wrecking the planet? Here are five simple (and easily achievable) starting steps...

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otted trees are better for the planet, as they can go on absorbing carbon dioxide when they’re replanted in your garden after the holiday. But even if you don’t have the space to keep your tree forever (think how cool it is for kids to welcome a tree back into the home like an old friend, year after year), there are ways to ensure a cut tree doesn’t go to waste completely. Namely, your local council’s recycling programme or a homegrown alternative: chop your tree into logs and use them to fuel a fire or wood-burning stove. You’ll be releasing carbon dioxide into the air when you burn it, but if you buy your tree from a local, responsible provider – one who can assure you they plant a new tree for every one they sell – you’ll at least know that your tree’s replacement will absorb an equal amount.

ecorations provide ample opportunity to ditch synthetic materials and embrace natural, eco-friendly alternatives. Use beeswax or soy candles instead of paraffin ones, layer your tree with Scandi-style paper chains instead of tinsel and invest in keepsake decorations of brass, wood, paper and shatterproof glass. Kids will love getting crafty with wool, felt, cardboard and foil paper, making decorations you can treasure rather than trend-led, cheaply made tat that’s probably travelled from China to reach your tree. C H EC K O UT • FERM LIVING for decorations fermliving.com MERI MERI for plastic-free crackers and partyware merimeri.com

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reetings cards appear to be on the decline, which is a shame in one sense – it’s always good to stay in touch. But we still send hundreds of millions every year, so if you fancy getting back in the game (or if you never got out of it), the key is to ensure your cards are printed with non-toxic inks on sustainably sourced paper. Cards you receive should of course be reused or recycled after the season – one tip is to save them for your kids to make new collage-style cards or gift tags the following year. Or you could move beyond the material realm entirely, and opt for digital greetings cards – which are usually much more costeffective too. C H EC K O UT • PAPIER POST for digital

greetings cards paperlesspost.com NATURAL COLLECTION for sustainable stationery naturalcollection.com

C H EC K O UT CHRISTMAS FOREST christmasforest.co.uk PINES AND NEEDLES pinesandneedles.com

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nwanted gifts are depressing on every level, and each Christmas in the UK alone more than 80,000 tonnes of unwanted clothes – most of which will have come from the other side of the world – are sent straight to landfill. Surprises may carry a certain romance, but it’s worth getting your kids (and other loved ones) to provide some sort of list so as to avoid buying stuff they simply don’t want. When shopping, try to focus on locally produced gear that hasn’t got many miles under its belt. Organic materials are obviously better all-round, and for kids there are a host of independent businesses focused on producing top-notch toys from sustainably sourced materials. Failing all that, subscriptions to digital services (Netflix, Spotify etc.) are a safe bet.

C H EC K O UT • HAPPY LITTLE FOLKS for beautiful, London-made wooden toys happylittlefolks.com • WHIRLI for a pioneering (and waste-reducing) online toy-library whirli.com • MINI STITCHES for sustainable, UK-made clothing ministitches.org PIPPINS for beautiful recycled kids denim pippinschildrenswear.com

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he same rules apply here: opt for local, organic produce wherever possible. One study estimated that the average British Christmas dinner featured ingredients that had travelled a combined total of around 45,000 miles to make it to the table, so choosing (often better quality) seasonal groceries has definite upsides for the planet. But what of all the food that gets thrown away? Compost it. Compost bins are widely available or you could try donating your food waste to a local allotment. Failing that, invest in a food waste disposal unit – they’ll grind your organic matter so finely, it can eventually be recovered from the waste water and used as soil conditioner. C H EC K O UT • FARM DROP for seasonal, organic produce from local farms, direct to your door farmdrop.com

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Keep your Christmas tree sparkling bright without breakable baubles or plastic trinkets. These wood star decorations are simple and sustainable; simply add yarns of your choosing to bring them colourfully to life. Think of it as a cute Christmas craft project to share with the littles. £0.99 per star or £6.99 for 10; woolcouturecompany.com

HORSE P L AY P L A N TOY S This foldable rocking horse is just the thing for families who are squeezed on space – or need a Christmas gift that can be opened at daybreak and easily transported to grandma’s later in the day. It gets bonus points for its minimalist design, too. £149; sorenshouse.co.uk

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WRAP AROUND TULLIBEE Keep kids cosy on the move with this fun blanket by new British lifestyle brand Tullibee. Made in small batches here in the UK from 100% pure lambswool, it’s generously sized and reversible – so you get two looks for the price of one. £79; tullibee.co.uk

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AND SO TO DREAM FLEXA What could be better than getting out of bed on Christmas morning only to get straight back into it? It might be more possible than it sounds if you gift your little one this super-cute house bed, complete with windowboxes, a chimneypot and colourful garland. It’s a den they won’t want to leave. £1,270; nubie.co.uk

GLOBE TROTTER W I L D WO O D This beautifully designed globe doubles as a lamp. Whether inspiring kids’ wanderlust or simply building their awareness of other places, it’s a classic nursery piece stylishy remade for modern tastes – and is available in a range of very cool colours. £69; beyondthestork.co.uk

ost shops we encounter are variations on a theme – and slight variations at that. The ones that make an impression are those which offer something more, acting as finders and curators rather than sellers of stuff we’ve already seen elsewhere. BoNordic offers just such a curated experience. The site’s strength lies in the way it combines an expert edit of treasures from brands we’ve loved for some time – Konges Sløjd, MarMar Copenhagen – with hitherto unknown goodies from design-led brands that are new to us. These discoveries include Studio Bundis, purveyor of cute-as-a-button organic cotton “buddy” animals, and Stories in Structures, whose forte is architectural wooden structures that encourage imaginative play. Another fresh find is By Lille Vilde, whose sustainable kids tableware centres on gently sculptural animal reliefs. Our current crush is for Lilla Gunga’s range of indoor activity pieces, swings and trapeze rings in beautifully restrained shades of white, birch and oak. Sure to keep mini acrobats amused for hours, they’re a great way for kids to stay active during the rainy days to come – and they look ace, too. If you haven’t guessed already, BoNordic features heavily in our Christmas gift plans.

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Madeleine Thompson's stylish cashmere collection includes ultra-comfortable cashmere joggers in colours and patterns to match her sweaters. madeleine-thompson.com

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Your Heidi Klein bikini might be relegated to the back of the wardrobe at this time of year, but the swimwear brand has launched a cashmere collection designed specifically with travel in mind, featuring relaxed cuts and clean lines. The dove grey pieces start at £350. heidiklein.com

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Smalls' merino base layers for adults have been long-awaited by everyone whose children have enjoyed the mini versions. Studies show that sleep improves while wearing merino and it's a magic material that keeps you warm and cool, never sweaty and anti-bacterial too. From £62; smallsmerino.co.uk

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N O R T H S TA R MOSHI MOSHI MIND

Danish brand Moshi Moshi Mind has brought its collection of mindful fashion to London. Each style is carefully designed to take you from yoga class to dinner with its simple, functional yet stylish shapes and fabrics. moshimoshimind.co.uk

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A DOG’S LIFE As we continue to humanise our animals, furniture for pets is becoming more and more stylish. HOME investigates Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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n the 2011 census, an intriguing 16 per cent of pet owners reportedly counted their animals on their forms, while as many as 90 per cent of us see our pets as part of the family. A sizeable minority will even admit to loving their pet more than their partner. And in the world of retail, thriving fashion, beauty and food industries sell cashmere jumpers for cockapoos and collections of cat couture. There is beer and even prosecco for dogs, gluten-free pet food, CBD for pets and an extensive world of therapists and whisperers to heal their woes. So it’s inevitable that the design industry is turning its focus towards what used to be simply the dog basket but is now a whole range of pet ‘furniture’. Whether dogs should sit on sofas might be controversial but Made’s stylishly formed and upholstered new dog sofas are a cut above the traditional dog bed. Or perhaps they’re designed to be in addition to a dog bed – maybe the dog sofa is designed for lounging and watching television in much the same way

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as a regular sofa. Maybe the whole point is to get your dog off your sofa. Either way, it’s important for a dog to be able to feel comfortable in front of Netflix, and even more important for the experience to be compatible designwise with the rest of an interior; in this vein the new collection at Made includes stylish new feeding bowls in marble and copper too. Cats are catered to with structures that enable climbing as well as cosiness, while remaining true to Made’s pared back and stylish aesthetic. Ikea offers a cat house on legs – but only in Japan and the US. Elsewhere, the pet furniture market includes memory foam mattresses, Chesterfield-style diminutive sofas and even tiny bunk beds for miniature dogs. Mattress companies Casper and Otty make special dog mattresses that come in three sizes – Casper’s is eligible for the 100 night trial that the company offers for humans too. Pet comfort is here to stay.

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he Art Deco period was one of innovation and iconic design, and evokes a timeless style, which tends to be extremely decorative, fun and colourful. Posters – once described as ‘a visual shout’ – proved an attractive, effective means of promotion and ‘at-a-glance’ display. In today’s digital age, poster advertisements are a thing of the past, but Art Deco posters remain as popular as ever, largely because the clean and uncluttered Art Deco style works so perfectly with modern interiors. Pullman Editions designs and publishes striking original posters in limited editions that capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco. Their newly-commissioned posters feature glamorous winter sports and summer resorts around the world, as well as the world’s greatest historic automobiles. Evoking memories of holidays and special occasions, their modern take on the Art Deco classics provide an affordable yet elegant way to decorate your home.

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Although Pullman Editions’ posters are inspired by those from the 1920s and 30s, they have been brought up to date with a much more vivid colour palette; period posters often include a more limited number of colours, largely because this reduced expense. Although vintage posters were designed to be eye-catching to promote new travel routes or destinations, most were never designed to be hung in people’s homes, so tend to be less decorative than Pullman’s modern alternatives. First and foremost, Pullman Editions’ posters are designed to be decorative. Another part of their appeal is that they evoke memories of being in a certain place at a certain time. Most of their customers choose posters based on the resort or car that they depict – they have the ability to transport the viewer back there – whether it be a perfect day’s skiing in the Alps, sunning on a pristine beach on holiday or enjoying a glass of Champagne on the terrace of a favourite restaurant.

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to combat the internal noise. The windows they installed have transformed the feel of the flat, which is now a noticeably quiet and peaceful space. The secret of Silent Windows lies in the precision of fitting the window to the frame, and fitting the frame to the aperture. Poor fitting can spoil any noise-reducing properties of regular windows, and Hugo Carter’s expertise comes from lengthy research into the ‘science of silence’ at Southampton University. His clients live on busy roads and under flightpaths – and their lives have been transformed by becoming able to shut the noise out of their homes. But it’s not just windows – timber front doors and glass garden doors are all available with the Silent Windows treatment. They say: “Of all the investments that you can make in your home, this may be the one that pays off the most handsomely. You may have many reasons to love the property you call ‘home’ – but how can you and your family fully enjoy it if your home is blighted by noise?” hugocarter.co.uk

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G H O S T S O F C H R I S T M A S PA S T When Dennis Severs bought a Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields in 1978, he set to work creating an 18th-century a ‘still life drama’ whose motto is ‘you either see, or you don’t’. HOME meets custodian David Milne to talk Christmases past and keeping the drama high Words N A N CY A L S O P

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’was the night before Christmas, almost three decades ago, and Dennis Severs had lit every last candle on his tree. His house in Spitalfields was festooned with Victorian cherubs, his table laid with winter fruits. The scene was illuminated by candlelight only. When Severs’ friend, David Milne, arrived, he brought with him the only modern interloper to the scene: a small, portable television, an exception made for this one time of the year. ‘We turned it on,’ recalls Milne, reclining in a winged chair in the drawing room. ‘And just at that moment, a curious passer-by knocked on the window, keen to see inside. I never saw Dennis move so fast. He literally flung himself over the television to hide our guilty secret!’ This is just one in a catalogue of anecdotes that Milne, now the custodian of 18 Folgate Street, has accumulated over the 30 years he has spent in the house, first as a guest and now as its curator. The late Dennis Severs, a Californian ex-lawyer, bought the property in 1978, having already by then turned his back on the law – and convention – in favour of a more eccentric life, making the money he needed by driving a 19th-century carriage around London and telling his passengers stories of the families who had once lived in the grand houses of Mayfair and Belgravia. Spitalfields was home to a young and creative community, and 30-year-old Severs was drawn in. So when this now Grade II-listed Georgian house came up for sale, he bought it to live in – as opposed to as a museum piece. ‘At that time, what he saw was a 19th-century layer on top of an 18th-century layer’, says Milne. ‘But he travelled through the rooms and got a sense of what it would have

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been and could be again, so he bought it from property investment company, British Land, and reconstructed it from the inside.’ An aesthete and collector, 18 Folgate Street’s newest incumbent began to amass period pieces while eschewing electricity and gas, preferring to live instead by candlelight as its 18th-century inhabitants would have done. A great believer in stories, he channelled the spirit of the age via a family of French immigrant Huguenot weavers – the Jervises – whose characters Milne continues to keep alive. ‘The Jervises were a real family who lived in the area, though not actually in this house,’ he explains. ‘Dennis created their story – he visualised Isaac Jervis as having been spirited away from France by his wet nurse, while his family was persecuted and slaughtered by the Catholic Louis XV. Then, under the care of British relatives, Isaac became a wealthy master silk weaver. Via these characters, Dennis created these secret tableaux. Everything he did felt real because the point at which Dennis stopped at the Jervises began was completely blurred.’ Severs’ house soon became something of whispered legend among the cognoscenti. People knew him from his carriage-riding days and duly followed him to what was then a slummy district of town. Before long, he began hosting theatrical tours of his home which now, as then, is crowded with artefacts: dressers festooned with crockery; four-poster beds shrouded in cascading red and orange velvet, rumpled as if its owner had just got up; fruit and etched decanters of wine; and at Christmas, a tree whose boughs heave with glass baubles and treasured decorations, lovingly dusted off year after year. The whole thing is bathed in soft, flickering candlelight. It is like stepping into a living Baroque painting. The experience is all the more animated for its special effects, which originated with Severs himself. On his tours, guests were under strict instruction to remain with their host at all times – and silent. ‘This was Dennis’ house,’ says

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Milne. ‘He didn’t have to follow any rules. He would eject people; if you looked shady you didn’t come in. But it was always magical. These tableaux came completely alive with sound effects and his narration. Guests would hear horses clattering outside, or catch voices or the sounds of smashing plate in the next room. Then as you entered the next room, you’d see the broken plate responsible, or smell a just-extinguished pipe. You never quite knew what was going to happen.’ Severs even issued a warning on his website: sensitive souls were welcome, but his house did not exist as entertainment for the bored wives of bankers from Kensington. ‘We would not do that now, but I understand why he did. In the 1980s and 1990s, there were a lot of snobs who derided the house because it wasn’t historically accurate. They missed the point, which was the love and joy that had been lavished upon the place.’ Happily others were more receptive, including David Hockney, who ranked it as ‘great opera’. Even so, Severs was perceptive enough to know that full appreciation for what he’d done would likely be posthumous. He always said, ‘When I’m dead, they’ll like me.’ Indeed, since his death 19 years ago, the house has been hailed as a living work of art. ‘Before he died, Dennis gave an interview saying he thought the house might be ephemeral and would not survive after him. My

taking over was unspoken,’ says Milne, a set designer by training. ‘I understood it had to be more professional to survive, but now I know, barring environmental disaster, this house will be here in 100 years.’ Visitor numbers have swelled in the intervening years. Every Monday and Wednesday see the inquisitive piling in, many of whom, says Milne are visibly moved. ‘It is a place that stirs up emotion, for all of us. I felt very moved by a delightful American family who came with their twentysomething son, who was completely blind. I suggested they arrive early and I told him the whole story. I got him to touch everything – something you could never do in other historic properties. It’s a very sensual place; the smell of the fire, of the fruit, the sound of the clock ticking, the horse and carriage. Later I got a letter saying it had been his best Christmas ever.’ There could be few more fitting tributes to the extraordinary house that Dennis Severs – a man who truly kept Christmas in his heart – made than that. DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE The annual Christmas installation runs from 25 November until 4 January at 18 Folgate Street, E1. Booking is essential dennissevershouse.co.uk/christmas

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This corner of Devon is all about surfing, though walkers, wild-swimmers and sandcastlearchitects will find it equally rich in pleasures. And for hardened land-lubbers? The sun-dappled joys of Exmoor are a short drive away.

Saunton Sands lies a few minutes west of Braunton, a small town blessed with all you need – from surf shops and supermarkets to delis and pharmacies. Five minutes up the coast road is Croyde, another surfer’s paradise with a famously consistent break in its small bay and a brilliant deli-cum-coffee shop in the village centre. The Kings Arms in Georgeham, a few minutes beyond Croyde, was recommended to us as the best place to eat within easy reach of the chalet.

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Take a deep breath before you arrive at Chalet Saunton, because you’ll be positively winded by the panorama that awaits. Saunton Sands is three miles of golden beach washed by the Atlantic and bounded by Britain’s most extensive dune system. On a sunny day or as night creeps across the sand, it’s a jaw-dropping view. The chalet’s owner used to live here – the hotel is built on the site of his childhood home – and you find yourself wondering how he could bear to give it up, even partially. Sitting on a rattan chair on the apartment balcony, watching the tiny shapes of swimmers and surfers come and go, you can’t help but be astonished that England still possesses beauty of such purity and on such a mesmerising scale.

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