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Homes & Antiques January 2020

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
christmas is coming!

Festive songs fill the airwaves, wreaths are going up on doors throughout the land and the goose is getting decidedly chubby… Christmas is coming, and the clock is ticking to get the last of those presents under the tree. If you are still on the hunt, then you’ll find our carefully considered selection of Gifts with Soul quite helpful (p42). Whether you are after an experience for a creative soul or a new treasure for a fellow collector, there’s plenty to inspire. If all your gifts are sorted (well done you!), then perhaps it’s time to turn your attention to the decorations on the day. Take a peek at how a master florist dresses his festive dinner table (there’s not a poinsettia in sight) as well as the rest of his…

1 min.
my five favourite antiques in this issue…

PRETTY POLLYS I was delighted to spot these vibrant Meissen parrots in Caroline Wheater’s auction highlights feature. DAYS OF JANE Penned by none other than Jane Austen, this letter offers amazing insight into the author’s daily life. CROWNING GLORY Christmas is the perfect time for antiques that have a touch of whimsy, such as this 19th-century crown. DREAMY SCENE This evocative work by Gabriel Deschamps whisks you straight off to the south of France. Ah… WINDSOR WINNER I adore a good old Windsor chair – and this rare George III number, made of ash, is a truly fine example.…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Cinead McTernan wrote ‘10 Ways: Last-Minute Festive Decorating’ Cinead is a horticultural writer and TV researcher. From Hampton Court Palace’s bountiful Kitchen Garden to Monty Don’s inspiring plot, her work regularly takes her to the nation’s key green spaces. ‘I’m keen to find a beautiful Aubusson rug to replace the boring carpet in our sitting room. I’ve been meaning to do it for years and H&A has inspired me to bite the bullet!‘ Julian Owen wrote ‘Travel: 2020 Vision’ Julian has been a freelance writer for 20 years, contributing articles to the likes of The Telegraph and The Observer newspapers and The Big Issue and The Simple Things magazines. ‘My next interiors project will focus on my study. There’s only so long I can concentrate on the task in hand before the swirly carpet overtakes…

3 min.

Homes & Antiques, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST homesandantiques@immediate.co.uk facebook.com/homesantiques twitter.com/homes_antiques instagram.com/homes_antiques pinterest.co.uk/homesantiques Love it or loathe it I loved reading your article in the October issue of Homes & Antiques featuring your experts’ favourite antiques and the ones they loathe. It was so refreshing to hear that, just because it’s old, it doesn’t automatically make it wonderful. I really struggle to find Troika pottery attractive. Coming from the West Country, I feel I should be able to see what it is that they are trying to achieve, but to me it just looks like the first pots we made in art class at school. Slabs of clay thrown together to make very boring square pots. I just don’t get their appeal. Rebecca Young, Devon MEL SAYS: These distinctive pots were made…

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starry stones with a story

‘There are stones to be found within certain pebbles on Devon’s beaches,’ said my grandfather. The story goes that my great-grandfather (1830-1910) had one of these ‘finds’ carved with a moon and stars. The outer stone being white, graduating down to a deep pink. It was put in a gold setting, delicately fashioned with tiny tassels looped around the setting and made into a tie pin. When it eventually passed to my grandfather, he had it made into a ring for my grandmother. It then passed to my mother who gave it to me. I wore it as a teenager in the 1960s and also had the shank strengthened. Something quite unusual, very old, and very precious to me. Patricia O’Toole, via email DO YOU HAVE AN ANTIQUE WITH A STORY? If you…

2 min.
the month

1 the CLASSIC A TRADITIONAL BUTTON-BACK VELVET SOFA After a sizeable Christmas dinner, is there anything more inviting than a plump, velvet sofa? This traditional button-back Humphrey number from Sofa.com (£2,440) is just the ticket. The rich Claret velvet upholstery is gloriously festive, too... 0345 400 2222; sofa.com 2 the DESIGNER ORLA KIELY FOR WOVEN RUGS In the depths of winter, a cheerful pop of retro colour never goes amiss. In this collaboration, Woven has brought to life some of Orla Kiely’s most recognisable designs in the form of luxurious woollen rugs. Prices for this Spot Flower Multi rug start from £325. 020 3176 8993; woven.co.uk 3 the SCENT THE STARRY NIGHT CANDLE FROM CHASE AND WONDER Envelop yourself in the warming scent of pine, orange wood and herbs this Christmas with a limited-edition festive candle from Chase and Wonder.…