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The English Home

The English Home December 2020

The English Home brings you seasonal British design and lifestyle throughout the year. Every issue includes quintessentially British kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms, with useful advice from leading interior designers and architects on how to achieve classic, elegant style.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
Monthly
$8.97(Incl. tax)
$71.84(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
a letter from home

Christmas is set to feel very special this year: a celebration to mark the passing of a challenging 2020 for many, and perhaps a renewed appreciation of simply spending time with those we are closest to. Our December issue is therefore designed to help savour every moment of the festive season. As preparation is key, we have gleaned ideas and advice from designer Susie Watson on how to decorate our homes for Christmas, inside and out, to ensure they feel cosy and magical (page 90). Meanwhile, interior designers Joanna Wood and Christopher Vane Percy welcome us into their fabulously dressed homes (pages 36 and 46) and offer advice on how to create and add the finishing touches. Our gift guide contains wonderful ideas for everyone you might need to buy for (page…

3 min
home comforts

PHOTOGRAPHS P15 (TORI MURPHY) © CHARLOTTE BLAND; P16 (TOM LANE) © OLIVIA BOSSERT; P18 (HUNTSMAN) © NICK TYDEMAN; (NANCY & BETTY STUDIO) © YASHEN VENEMA…

1 min
festive table

For a traditional tablescape take inspiration from nature, adopting a palette of berry reds and winter-solstice greens, and add a twist with dashes of ice blue and chartreuse green. For a fully layered effect, gently punctuate the Christmas table with texture and pattern – from bamboo cutlery to striped linen, cabbage-leaf china and seasonal placemats. Ensure the table twinkles with sparkling glassware and decorate with fresh foliage such as fir, holly, sea thistle and eucalyptus.…

1 min
joy & wonder

Share in the excitement and anticipation of Christmas by helping children decorate their bedrooms with paper chains, felt stockings, charming festive garlands and perhaps even a small tree, aglow with twinkling fairy lights and pretty decorations. These festive touches will make waking up on the big day all the more magical, especially if Father Christmas leaves a special little gift beneath their own tree. PHOTOGRAPH (BEAU & BEAR) © EDDIE MACDONALD; SHOP.NATIONALTRUST.ORG.UK; (ATELIER CHOUX) JULIA SALK…

6 min
notebook

PURSUITS Making A Festive Wreath Ensure guests feel extra special this Christmas by welcoming them with a beautiful homemade wreath. Revel in the meditative ritual of choosing and gathering any number of key ingredients such as winter berries, pine cones, pussy willow, feathers, mistletoe, ribbon, cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices and foliage, real or faux. Making rather than buying a festive wreath unlocks the freedom to co-ordinate it with the colour of the front door or make a boldly clashing style statement, allowing the wreath to reflect its maker, whether exuberant or petite and picture perfect. Start with a circular wire frame, a ready-made base, or a homemade circle of flexible branches such as weeping willow stripped of its leaves. Use florist’s wire to secure bundles of foliage and the chosen trimmings, gradually building up…

3 min
the london edit

DAVID HUNT LIGHTING If ever there was a company with a rich history, it is David Hunt Lighting. The brand’s heritage can be traced all the way back to John Hunt, a Birmingham-based candlestick maker in the 1790s, who was a pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. The Hunt family became one of the first adopters and manufacturers of electrical lighting products in the early 1900s and by the Fifties, the company’s namesake David Hunt began experimenting with new manufacturing techniques, inventing its unique resin composite in the process. By the 1960s, the company had moved to its workshop to the Cotswolds where it has remained ever since. Over the years, the company has established a reputation for its fine handcrafted products and in particular its resin casting and hand-finished metal surfaces. Though…