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ELLE Decoration UK

ELLE Decoration UK December 2017

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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Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

– it seems strange to be writing and thinking about it during a mini-heatwave in early October, but that’s just one of the seasonally disjointed joys of magazine publishing… That said, the twinkly lights are already strung up across the streets of central London and the department stores are packed with brilliant baubles and sparkling delights. Proof, if it were needed, that the key to the festive season is preparation. So, with that in mind, welcome to this year’s ELLE Decoration take on Christmas. However you celebrate, it should be about keeping things completely personal. Don’t feel dictated to. Everything – from the way you decorate your home to the gifts you buy – must be a reflection of who you are and what you stand for. Who’s to say which…

1 min.
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5 min.
the gift list

ARCHITECTURE • SHOPPING • DESIGN • DECORATING RUBY RED Be guided in your gift giving by this Christmas’s hottest shade MONOCHROME Share a love of graphic design, with these stylish black and white beauties FOREST GREEN Envy-enducing presents that are guaranteed to delight design fans PITCH BLACK Dark and glamorous gifts and decorations for lovers of timeless luxury PURE GOLD Christmas is a time for extravagance, so why not treat the ones you love? DEEP BLUE Dark and delicious, let indigo be your gift-giving colour of choice SILVER AND GREY Sparkling winter frost is the inspiration for this selection of presents to suit all tastes BLUSH PINK The new nude is the colour to covet on homewares, gadgets and even baubles…

2 min.
beyond holly & ivy

THE MODERN WREATH For a big statement, create an arcing, super-sized display that’s more suited to a wall than a front door – our muse for this look is stylist Anastasia Benko, who created this deconstructed wreath (above) for decor8blog.com. Use plants such as eucalyptus and ruscus-leaved bamboo, which look just as dramatic when dried, and twist fern fronds until they form a fragile halo of delicate leaves. FRESH PICKINGS Always use British greenery, such as ferns, herbs and moss, as well as winter-time plants, to add a just-been-on-a-ramble feel to your decorations. ‘At this time of year, I’m in the habit of going out with a pair of secateurs and collecting prunings from the countryside,’ says garden writer Kendra Wilson (kendrapagewilson.com). ‘Trails of ivy are easy to find and I might also…

3 min.
minimalist christmas

FOCUS ON TEXTURE ‘Some people think minimalism is cold and stark, but that is minimalism done badly,’ says Kashi Shikunova, interior designer at Yam Studios (yamstudios.com). ‘Keep your palette simple and balance different textures. The tones should be muted, with interest coming from warm metals and veined stone.’ CREATE A MOOD ‘Don’t drown the essence of the festivity with layers of ornaments – it’s not all about the glitter, but about how your home feels,’ says Linda Korndal, head of architecture at pared-back Copenhagen-based design practice Norm Architects (normcph.com). Consider senses other than the eyes – use soft textures and suffuse the house with the scents of spices and mulled wine. KEEP IT SIMPLE Let greenery and glass take centre stage, not to be overshadowed by a surplus of sparkle. ‘We put up an undecorated,…

3 min.
maximalist christmas

GO TO EXTREMES ‘Christmas decorations can look a bit too tasteful – if ever there’s a time for embracing colour and pattern, it’s the bleak midwinter,’ says designer Luke Edward Hall (lukeedwardhall.com). It seems the high street agrees: ‘The use of colours outside of red, green and gold has skyrocketed,’ explains Geraldine James, buying manager for Home at Selfridges. ‘People used to dress the tree to match their home – now it stands on its own in an extrovert way.’ BE THEATRICAL Designer India Mahdavi (india-mahdavi.com) describes her decorating style as ‘full of colour and fantasy’. Try to create an immersive, festive world in your home. Dress unexpected features like the ceiling light or windows and play with scale to produce a whimsical feel. ABANDON TRADITION With decorations, think outside of your normal Christmas habits…