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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 just…

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need to know

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. Is brown coming back? Just when you’ve got to grips with grey walls, Dulux announces its colour of the year and it’s… brown. Yup, Spiced Honey is an orangey-caramel tone that sounds delicious and actually looks pretty cosy and soothing, too. It’s effective at warming up cool blush…

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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…

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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 IDEAL HOME loves Velvet sofas So soft, so decadent, a little luxury you’ll love every day…

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‘i’ve brought this old barn back to life’

Showcase beautiful original features ‘The barn was dark, empty and abandoned, but when I looked up and saw the magnificent ceiling, I was just in awe,’ says Rachel. ‘We preserved the beams and brick walls where possible, but some walls had to be panelled for insulation.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Finmark ceiling light is similar, £165, Maisons du Monde Go for a natural look at Christmas Rachel dresses her relaxed scheme with decorations in soft white, silver and copper, teamed with simple white paper stars hung on the walls. BUY THE KEY PIECES Similar paper stars, from £5.95 each, Idyll Home. Similar light-up reindeer, £84.99 for two, White Stores Use colour-blocking The room is naturally divided by the beams supporting the ceiling, but Rachel has defined the spaces with black and cream paintwork in the kitchen, ochre in the…

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welcome to my home

It was the stunning vaulted ceiling that clinched it for Rachel Coppens when she first visited this ramshackle barn just outside Lille. While the dilapidated structure needed a huge amount of work, for Rachel and her now ex-husband, the exposed beams, stunning vaulted ceiling, vast open-plan space and countryside location far outweighed any negatives. ‘We were living in the centre of Lille, but wanted to move out into the countryside,’ says Rachel. ‘The large, open interior and outdoor space was everything we needed.’ They undertook much of the renovation work themselves, conserving and restoring the barn’s original framework and adding a timber extension. The original 95sq m outbuilding houses the living and dining space and connecting kitchen, while the main bedroom, en suite, two additional bedrooms and bathroom are in a…