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Period Living December 2020

Period Living is Britain's best-selling period homes magazine, offering inspiration, ideas and advice on all aspects of owning an older property. Discover beautiful real homes and gardens to inspire you, insight into the latest decorating trends and interior products that work with a traditional property, guidance from experts on maintaining and improving your home, and lifestyle features with a nostalgic focus. If you appreciate the timeless elegance and original character of old homes updated for modern life, Period Living is the magazine for you.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$4.55(Incl. tax)
$45.65(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

Spending quality time with loved ones is what Christmas is all about, but this year we will likely miss out on seeing many of our family and friends. We don’t know what the restrictions will be yet, but I do hope you will be able to enjoy the festivities with those who mean most to you. Whether you are celebrating en masse or anticipating a quieter affair, this special issue has everything you need to embrace the magic of the season. Though 2020 has been difficult and unprecedented, it has reminded us of what’s really important in life, so this year Period Living is championing a Christmas that is nostalgic, joyful, handmade and sustainable. For the first time ever, we commissioned an illustrated front cover to set the scene, and…

2 min
your journal

PINS AND NEEDLES I have just read the letter reflecting on the Artists in Isolation feature in the October issue, and I’m sorry I missed the original piece. I wanted to share my house portrait, interpreted in textiles (below). I created the image from many scraps of fabric, hand-stitched together in layers. Over the course of lockdown, I have completed a number of textile pictures and it has really helped me through such a challenging time. Barbara Shaw RENOVATION ARTWORK Having just seen the painting of Anne-Marie Price’s cottage on the letters page of the October issue, I thought I’d send you my painting of our 1852 cottage (above). We bought the property on a stormy day in December 1998, and even though it was in a terrible state, I fell in love with…

1 min

Feature Pippa Blenkinsop…

1 min
style secrets

‘Candles are one of my go-to styling props, especially when dressing the Christmas table. It goes without saying that candlelight can provide a magical ambience to any space. They work particularly well grouped together along the centre of a table or across a mantelpiece to bring much-needed twinkle to the festive period. Fluorescent pink dinner candles will add a pop of colour to a rustic table; I like to position posies of seasonal flowers and foliage between the candlesticks to add extra interest. Fragrance is important when styling your home, too. Scented jar candles are always a favourite of mine; I particularly like True Grace’s Moroccan Rose, which I think pairs well with the pink colour accent to this table setting.’…

1 min
seasonal sparkle

Paying homage to our favourite Christmas carol, the new Partridge in a Pear tree collection from Emma Bridgewater incorporates gold detailing to bring extra shimmer to your festive table. From top: Pear Tree 10.5-inch plate, £19.95; Partridge in a Pear Tree 8.5-inch plate, £29.95; Gold Smoked Salmon 8.5-inch plate, £22.95; Pear Tree 6.5-inch plate, £12.95; Partridge in a Pear Tree large oval platter, £150.…

1 min
a voyage of discovery

There’s nothing like a trip to a historic house bedecked in seasonal splendour to get you in the festive spirit, and Harewood House has plans to make your visit extra magical this year. Escape into a story as the Grade I-listed house hosts Upon a Christmas Wish, an immersive event that tells the tale of when a little girl was granted a festive wish to experience a Christmas like no other. Created by the ‘connoisseurs of make-believe’, award-winning set design studio Lord Whitney, the show invites you to experience Harewood as you’ve never seen it before. 13 Nov to 3 Jan 2021, the event has been designed with social distancing in mind, so booking is essential. Adults, £17.50; children, £9; family (2+2) £46 or get entry and a festive afternoon…