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Ideal Home Jan-2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Ideal Home is Britain's best-selling interiors magazine and has been empowering home-owners to make the most of their properties for over 80 years. The magazine covers every aspect of contemporary living, from a wide range of transformed houses, kitchens and bathrooms.

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Yonks ago, when I was in my twenties and working at the very chic Red magazine, the team was asked to give quotes for a feature about how they spent Christmas Day. I was embarrassed to take part, because everyone else’s involved smoked-salmon and Champagne brunches, bracing country walks and polite, post-lunch present opening in front of the Queen’s speech, all done while wearing fancy cashmere sweaters. In contrast, Richmond Family Christmases were an unfettered binge of slobbery and self-indulgence, with prezzies ripped open before dawn, selection-box breakfasts in tea-stained reindeer PJs and semi-comatose movie sessions in the afternoon, because by then everyone was feeling too tired, farty and argumentative to leave the house. Even Pa Richmond, usually a moderating influence, was happy to abandon all the normal rules…

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need to know

Dulux’s colour of the year is Spiced Honey – this calm, caramel hue WE KEEP SEEING... ALL THINGS COSMIC Find a new frontier with these celestial finds ROCKET MAN Jet Mars Explorer bauble, £12, John Lewis & Partners STARRY NIGHT Trinket dish, £22 for two, Debenhams MOON SHINE Foil Moons cushion, £30, Oliver Bonas OUT OF THIS WORLD Astronaut snow globe, £8, George Home There’s a new designer at Debenhams Cutting-edge lighting designer Sarah Colson has joined the gang, and we’re loving her Gem collection, inspired by quartz crystals and designed to add a little sparkle as table lights and pendants, or hung as clusters for even more impact. Sarah Colson table lamp, £90, Debenhams…

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look what we found!

CHRISTMASSY BED LINEN FROM DEBENHAMS “The buildup to the big day starts here! This folksy tree-print set is stylish, not garish, and will give your bedroom festive feels and a cosy vibe you’ll love all the way to Twelfth Night” SPOTTED BY… STYLE EDITOR MICHELA COLLING ■…

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8 christmas baubles

SILVER FOX Fox ornament, £25, Jonathan Adler range, Trouva POSH POT Eau de Nil satin Camellia teapot decoration, £20, Fortnum & Mason UNDER THE SEA Beaded pink lobster decoration, £4.50, Yonder BLING BAUBLE Georg Jensen brass holiday ornament, £31.77 for two, Amazon GIN O’CLOCK Gin-gle bells decoration, £5, Debenhams PRINCE OF POP Prince bauble, £16, National Theatre Bookshop CLASSIC COLLECTIBLE Large snowflake decoration, £25, Wedgwood CUTE FOR KIDS Lord Olly & Lady Lolly mice decorations, £8.50, White Stuff (FEATURE HOLLY WALSH) ■…

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hotel glamour

“Full-on power glam not your thing? A gorgeous metallic lamp is all you need to give a room more polish ” VANESSA RICHMOND, EDITOR SET THE SCENE FOR ENTERTAINING Go for metallic-finish accessories, cutlery and glassware to upgrade your everyday white crockery. Sparkle glass place mat and coaster, £39.99 for a six-piece set; rose gold and black cutlery, £34.99 for a 16-piece set, all Ideal Home range, Very Dante armchair, £799; Noir Nights cushion, £18.99; Pentagon bean drum, £44.99; Gold metallic throw, £69.99; Arabian Nights mirror, £129.99; Bailey floor lamp, £69.99, all Ideal Home range, Very Dante two-seater sofa, £949, Ideal Home range, Very. Gold metallic cushion, £24.99, Very. Noir Nights cushion, £18.99; Pisa coffee table, £179; bronze vases, £34.99 for two; Armina dome…

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ideal home loves…

GLITZ UP Sparkle glass place mat and coaster set, £39.99 for a six-piece set CURVE AND TILT Bailey table lamp, £34.99 SMART BUY Pisa lamp table, £99 SHIMMER TOUCH Scratch vases in rose gold, £32.99 for two ■…