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Home & Garden
Homes & Antiques

Homes & Antiques December 2018

Homes & Antiques is the magazine for people who love great design and beautiful objects from every era, providing a unique mix of the very best of the old with the very best of the new. That's why, as well as being the official magazine of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, every issue delivers an inspirational blend of heritage and lifestyle.

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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
once upon a december

Late one December evening four or five years ago, while trawling the streets of Wellington, New Zealand, travel-weary, completely lost, and on an increasingly desperate hunt for dinner, my husband and I stumbled across an unforgettable sight: a department store window, bustling with an extraordinary toy parade. Trains, bi-planes and ballerinas were all brought to life to mesmerising music. Our hunger dissipated as we watched the spectacle unfurl, hooked on the mystical lure of the shop window. Though some may see it as a cynical, commercial endeavour, there aren’t many of us who don’t feel the nostalgic pull to gaze at a Christmas display. But what is it that draws us in? And when did the tradition begin? The answers are enchanting – find out more on page 113. Equally…

1 min.
my five favourite pieces in this issue…

DANCING QUEEN Delicate yet powerful, controlled yet passionate, for me, this dancer embodies the art deco spirit. WHAT’S BEHIND THE DOOR? 24 doors, 24 precious Wedgwood tree ornaments. What a wonderful advent treat! SHIP SHAPE There are over 100 present ideas in ‘The Gift List’, but this original ship’s wheel might be my favourite. IN A PEAR TREE This beautiful partridge stocking from Liberty London deserves to be seen for longer than just Christmas Eve. MIRROR, MIRROR Ornate, gilded and with a rich patina, it’s no surprise that this 18th-century mirror was a hit at auction.…

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this month’s contributors

Alys Fowler, talks to us in ‘My Style Story’ A British horticulturist, journalist and author, Alys is perhaps best known for her presenting work on BBC Two’s long-running programme, Gardeners’ World . She also has a keen interest in food and environmental work. ‘I have a breakfast tradition that I look forward to every Christmas: whisky porridge with lashings of double cream and brown sugar.’ Amanda Robinson, writer of ‘Cosy Cottages’ Amanda is a writer and editor with a passion for travel and cookbooks. She is always in pursuit of the ultimate ‘off the beaten track’ hideaway.› ‘My favourite Christmas tradition is decorating our tree, which heaves with decorations that track the years of our family life. My favourite is a set of early 20th-century mercury glass baubles given to me by my grandmother.’ Jody Stewart,…

2 min.

A love of Audubon I was really excited when I opened the Art Issue of Homes & Antiques to discover an article on The Birds of America. I first came across Audubon at a Doors Open Day at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and I was delighted when my partner presented me with a birthday gift of the American White Pelican from King & McGaw – I love it. Thank you so much for another fantastic read. I have been a fan of your magazine for years and my subscription is kindly renewed each Christmas by my sister. Michelle Pollock, Glasgow Wall-to-wall inspiration Your feature in October ‘10 Ways to Decorate with Carpets and Rugs’ has been an inspiration to my mum – especially hanging rugs on a wall! After months…

3 min.
the month

the ENTRANCE MAKE A STATEMENT We love a festive project, and nothing quite beats welcoming your seasonal guests with a homemade wreath on the front door. This standout creation is made by studding a ring of floral foam with moss, miniature succulents and alpine plants, all of which are available from Dobbies. dobbies.com the EVENTS NATIONAL TRUST CHRISTMAS MARKETS Soak up the festive spirit with a visit to one of the National Trust’s popular Christmas markets. They take place at properties across the UK and visitors can buy last-minute presents such as artisan textiles, ceramics, jewellery and edible treats, as well as seeing some of Britain’s most spectacular houses decked out in full Yuletide splendour. Time to grab a cup of mulled wine and begin browsing… nationaltrust.org.uk the COUNTDOWN WEDGWOOD ADVENT CALENDAR The age-old tradition of counting down…

3 min.

SPARKLE & SHINE Is there anything quite as magical as a glittering Christmas dining table strewn with holly and ivy, shimmering baubles and flickering candles? This table set-up from Wyevale Garden Centres features natural greenery, ornate glass jars and pieces with lustre – all of which create an ethereal, woodland feel. Prices for real wreaths start from £10; 5ft Pearl garland, £18; 12 pack Silver crackers, £10; and 10 pack of Silver shatterproof baubles, £3. 0344 272 3000; wyevalegardencentres.co.uk ALL THAT GLITTERS A box of old and new baubles, carefully added to each year, is something to be treasured. New from Heal’s, these antique-style ornaments could easily complement a collection. The Antique Draped Beaded Bauble Decoration (in Blue) starts at £10, while the Silver Antique Beaded Ball Decoration (pictured, in two sizes) is from…