Homes & Gardens December 2021

Published by TI Media Limited Homes & Gardens celebrates the beauty of classic and contemporary style. Real-life homes with stunning photography deliver inspirational decorating while remaining real and relevant. Homes & Gardens is the ultimate sourcebook of beautiful ideas and detailed information, inspiring its readers to become their own interior designers.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

I think it’s fair to say that we all need this Christmas more than ever. Hopefully, each one of us will be able to indulge in joyful gatherings with family and friends. With this in mind, the issue centres around celebrations at home and it is bursting at the seams with seasonal inspiration. We have delighted in creating content that sings with festive charm, from a London townhouse dressed up to the nines (page 34) to our rather elegant Scandi-inspired decorating story (page 23). It’s all got me feeling rather nostalgic. Christmas, after all, is about making magical memories – a thread that runs through our Happy Holidays story (page 30), in which some of our favourite designers share the traditions they cherish. Another thread to that feature is the…

2 min
the december edit

CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP With the big day just around the corner, we couldn’t help but notice these beautiful handmade Nepalese Lokta wrapping papers from Rowen & Wren. The marbled patterns in beautiful jewel tones would make the perfect finishing touch to any gift. Handmade Folk wrapping paper in Marbled Gold, Blush Snowdrop, Golden Fleck, Mulberry Weave and Night Sky, £3 a sheet, Rowen & Wren. LIGHT TO LOVE As ever, this season’s collection from Julian Chichester has some breathtakingly beautiful new pieces to add to his ever-growing emporium. The Dove chandelier, £2,160, with its articulating arms and perfect plaster finish is a true standout design, but it is the brushed brass finish that coats each light shade that steals the show. DEBUT COLLECTION Campbell-Rey, founded by Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey, has launched its debut…

1 min
seen on instagram @1690works

Tell us about yourself. I’m an artist and ceramicist based in the Fens. I work from my kitchen table in a 16th-century manor house where I live with my three young children. I work in terracotta and white slip, using traditional sgraffito techniques. How would you describe your Instagram account? It is a working sketchbook and diary. I use it to document ideas, demonstrate work in progress and record special things. It is a mood board from one swipe up to the next. And if I’m entirely honest, I hope it’s a good endorsement to a slower, more thoughtful way of being, one which rejects the pace of contemporary life. Which accounts would you recommend that we follow? is my favourite and the best interiors feed on Instagram – bar none.…

4 min
the most wonderful time of the year

MAKE YOUR STATEMENT WITH SCALE When it comes to Christmas decorating, so often bigger is better as it feels luxurious and lavish but not fussy. Let the size do the talking – here, a huge wreath with a simple velvet ribbon is the star. Pine, twig and seed pod wreath, created by Frida Kim. Red velvet ribbon, from a selection, VV Rouleaux. Antique stone fireplace, £4,800; pair of antique silvered candlesticks; little felt goat, all Maison Artefact. Short silver candlestick, £12, Graham and Green. Clustered paper decorations, £10.50 each, Toast. 50 warm white LED micro battery outdoor fairy lights, £5.36, Lights4Fun → CREATE A COCKTAIL CORNER A green lacquer drinks trolley with a pretty scalloped edge holds all the entertaining essentials, while gifts in green and white wrapping top off the seasonal look. Pine branch…

8 min
happy holidays

OLIVIA MORRIS, SHOE DESIGNER Christmas is about making it magical for our kids, Percy and Daphne, and as relaxing as possible for me. It’s never a huge gathering. In mid-December, we choose our tree at Harborough Nurseries and decorate it together with ornaments collected on our travels as well as new ones I buy for the kids every year to open when we get the tree. Just before Christmas Eve, we forage for flowers, holly, berries and grasses at a nearby country park to decorate the table, hallway and a wild wreath that I add to every year (I first made it on a course at Great Dixter 10 years ago). I don’t go mad spending – I cut last year’s Christmas cards into gift tags and wrap presents with marbled…

6 min
spreading the joy

Design is about working with space,’ says Lucy Hammond Giles. ‘Creating rooms that look beautiful but also that feel right and make people comfortable being in them – combining timeless form with essential function, mixing both the prosaic and the poetic.’ Lucy speaks from years of experience as one of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s prestigious team of decorators. ‘It’s about understanding what is existing: the house and the people who will live in it, and how to make it joyous and interesting while functional and relaxed.’ When it came to her own home, Lucy faced every decorator’s challenge of being aware of the myriad possibilities, while dealing with the parameters of real life. ‘I love light, space and pattern but there were limits, narrowed by our circumstances: the house is…