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ELLE Decoration UK

ELLE Decoration UK Dec 2016

ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

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1 min.
this month’s contributors

Tom Hodgkinson Twitter @idleracademy Profession Writer FeatureThe idler’s Christmas, p41 Likes Bread, beer, bacon Home A terraced house in Shepherd’s Bush, which is actually a kind of paradise. Wonderful community Interiors style Modern medieval Influences Old books. I’m currently reading Montaigne, which is full of fun and good sense Favourite colour Red – the colour of revolution Three wishes Government to introduce a citizen’s income; more leisure; my teenage son to cheer up a bit Katie Treggiden Twitter @katietreggiden Profession Writer FeatureLighting guides, p129 Likes Writing, swimming, live jazz Influences Ernest Hemingway, Wim Crouwel, and travel – the former two for the pursuit of simplicity and clarity in my writing and the latter for a stream of ideas Home In the Surrey Hills – the connection to nature is the perfect antidote to all that travel – in a draughty old Edwardian house that my husband…

2 min.
christmas countdown

I’m on a countdown to Christmas. For the fun and festivities? I’m afraid not, rather it’s the deadline I’ve set myself for getting my house finished. By which I mean all of those outstanding jobs and design decisions sorted. I even made a list. It was rather long and a touch daunting. And my key motivator is not incoming guests or the very need-to-be-cosy-ness of winter, simply that I want to go into 2017 and not have to think about it anymore. No more sample pots, no more swatches, no more weekends deliberating over kickboards or trims (see last month’s letter). It. Must. Be. Finished! I want to be able to enjoy my home, not still be living in the midst of project incomplete come the new year. The thing is,…

1 min.
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6 min.
the gift list

Roses and reds 1 Kelly Hoppen’s ‘Pablo’ vase is perfect for anyone who’s caught the pink trend bug. £28 (kellyhoppen.com) 2 A re-edition of a 1954 design by Luciano Gaspari, these ‘Pinnacoli’ ornaments will delight glass lovers. £1,876 each, Salviati (salviati.com) 3 Brighten someone’s morning coffee ritual with this red espresso cup and saucer. £49, Mud Australia (mudaustralia.com) 4 Designed by Italian duo Brogliato Troverso and handmade in Venice, the glass ‘Nelly’ table light features a colourful and interchangeable ‘hat’ shade. £250, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting (cameronpeters.co.uk) 5 Give your Christmas tree some Op Art-style with this red-and-white striped bauble. £6, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk) 6 Habitat’s ‘Mulray’ bauble features an on-trend wash of colour. £10 for two (habitat.co.uk) 7 Treat a beloved pooch to one of these ‘Classic’ dog beds.…

2 min.
how to prepare your guest room

Prepping a guest room is an art, and at no time of the year is the skill more in demand than at Christmas. Getting it right is partly about anticipating your visitors’ particular needs, but there are plenty of things you can have on hand that will improve any guest’s stay. Here are our top tips 1 Number one, of course, is cosy, stylish bedding. Think natural fibres only, and avoid busy pattern and bright shades, which aren’t restful for everyone. Cloth & Clay’s bedding comes in an understated palette and includes the ‘Hue’ range of reversible linens, so guests can choose their colour preference (from £135 for a double set; clothnclay.com). Add a throw or quilt at the bottom of the bed in case the temperature drops, and extra pillows…

2 min.
all the trimmings

HARRODS THE GIFT WRAPPING EXPERT The doyenne of department stores, Harrods excels at Christmas customer service. Its Gift Wrapping Service was introduced in 1953 – promising to ‘add a professional touch to your presents’ – and was originally only available to those purchasing with a personal shopper. It is now open year-round, to all, and has recently increased in size, occupying a new space on the third floor. Shoppers take a ticket and wait their turn, then start by picking from the 40 permanent and ten festive wrapping papers. Next, they choose a generous length of top-notch ribbon in any hue from the swatch books on the counter, and finally a jazzy garnish: this could be an old-fashioned miniature toy, or a fresh bunch of crimson viburnum berries supplied by Harrods’ in-house florist…