Country Homes & Interiors Dec-2018

Published by TI Media Limited Relaxed living…comfortable style Country Homes & Interiors is the magazine that celebrates the best of modern country decorating style. Inspired by the spirit of today's relaxed living, you'll find page upon page of gorgeous real homes, plus a fresh take on country decorating.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
things i’ve seen, done and loved this month

This issue is full of magic and sparkle! It’s packed with simple ideas to make your home look and feel special this Christmas. I’ll be copying Lynsey Cross’ stunningly decorated mantel (page 32) and giving my home a romantically rustic mood with fairy lights and candles, like Jessie Ward’s beautiful Hampshire farmhouse (page 54). If you feel like getting creative this year, find more mantel-dressing ideas on page 92, or ways to personalise a natural wreath (page 134). We have the ultimate edit of unusual presents to surprise and delight your loved ones on page 26, but there will be gifts galore at this year’s Country Homes & Interiors Christmas show, taking place at Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, 22-25 November. It’s a great day out, from browsing the stands for artisan…

2 min
things we can’t live without december


2 min
home notes

Playful spirit Along with holiday visitors, welcome an adorable four-legged friend into your home this festive season. The Bambi chair, £190, Elements Optimal at Someday Designs, is lovingly handcrafted in Denmark. Loved by children and adults alike, this iconic piece is sure to spread smiles around the room. Shop now with Ownable OUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER Clouds and Currents For creative husband and wife duo, Bridget and Pete, ‘it all started with some wire, pliers and a great idea’. After winning’s Handmade Product of the Year in 2013, the couple opened their first studio in rural Essex, complete with a small team of creative makers and a passion to create uniquely personalised gifts of the highest quality. What inspires you? We create each of our products by hand, often taking inspiration from our natural surroundings,…

2 min
food notes

We want this now... Add glamour to your table with Maxwell & Williams’ latest collection of opulent cutlery, £130 for 16 pieces. With an elegant matte finish, the utensils won’t outshine your cooking, but will provide just the right amount of festive glitz instead. White rectangle platter, £9.95; ash round paddle board, £49.95, both Maxwell & Williams. Shop now with Ownable OUR FAVOURITE WINE MAKER WISTON ESTATE WINERY Straddling the chalky slopes of the South Downs, the 6,000-acre Wiston Estate Winery has been owned by the Gorings since 1743. It was used to farm sheep and wheat until Pip married into the family in 1972 and planted a 16-acre vineyard in 2006. Daughter-in-law Kirsty tells us more… Tell us about your wines… They’re a wonderfully pure and concentrated reflection of the chalk soils they’re grown…

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garden notes

THE PERFECT WINTER-FLOWERING CLIMBER Ring in 2019 by planting the winter-flowering Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica . This stunning evergreen climber offers a generous display of nodding, bell-shaped, cream flowers with maroon freckles. Avoid planting in a windy position or waterlogged soil and don’t water too much in summer, which is its dormant season. This clematis doesn’t need pruning and will reach 3m when mature. Q&A WITH A SHARING GARDENER How do you celebrate Christmas? We asked TV gardener Toby Buckland how he celebrates the festive season with the help of his garden in Devon. What’s flowering in your garden at this time of year? Our garden is mild, so there’s often the odd rose to be picked, as well as hellebores. My favourite are the waxy blooms of winter-flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima, pictured). Their scent…

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our favourite shop for gift ideas forme

Hidden away on a sleepy Winchester side street, Forme is the premier gift boutique for locals in the know. We sat down with Andrew Butling, a second-generation member of the family-led team, to find out more… WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN FORME? My family moved here from Italy in 1997. Unable to find the choice and quality of lighting and furnishings they were used to, they imported items from Italy for their new home. When they continued importing goods, Forme was born. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE FORME’S STYLE? There’s always a sense of elegance and refinement but also fun. Life’s too short not to have fun. ARE THERE ANY UNIQUE TOUCHES TO YOUR SHOP? Forme is almost unique in that we gift wrap every item we sell. We have literally hundreds of different…