Ideal Home

Ideal Home December 2020


Published by TI Media Limited 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 期号



Ma Richmond and I are preparing for a different kind of Christmas: fewer-but-better gifts; all homemade food; just one tin of Quality Street…maybe. Usually, we get through a couple in the run up and I have to hide one for Christmas Eve in the shed. But you get the gist – less excessive, more meaningful. As I write, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what the rules will be, but whether we see the fam in the flesh or on screen, the Santa-based excitement of the littlest Richmonds will be as joyous as ever: ‘He’s beeeeen!!!’. Wrapping up Ideal Home’s centenary year seems an appropriate time to tell you that my time as Editor is also coming to a close. I’ve been at IH for 14 years, five…

100 years of december issues

In 1960 we were… GOING TO TOWN ON TABLE SETTING Would you go pink-with-blue baubles or one huge red bauble plus carnations? Or white twigs and gold stars? Such a world of tablescaping choices to enjoy. In 1989 we were… MASTERING KNIFE SKILLS At Ideal Home we’re proud to combine the practical with the inspirational, and what’s more practical than how to carve the turkey? We hope this page was torn out and kept, and is now spotted with gravy stains. In 1954 we were… HANDING ROUND THE SWEETIE TIN Quality Street, invented in 1936, were the first chocs to be individually wrapped – Harold Mackintosh chose shiny, rustly papers to make opening the tin an exciting experience for the whole family. What can we say? It worked. In 1977 we were… PLANNING A FAMILIAR FEAST The traditional Big Day meal…

the style editor

We’re in love! MATALAN’S CHRISTMAS CROCKERY With a nostalgic nod to Christmas past, the Robin tableware collection gives us all the cosy, festive feels. The red, white and green design is a classic that can make an appearance year after year. With prices from £3 each, you can collect a full set or update a white dinner service with side plates or bowls. Customised lamps at Pooky The colour-loving lighting expert has found another way to illuminate its lamps. Any of the wooden bases can be painted in 20 of Little Greene’s paint colours. Play with Pooky’s patterned shades, clash with a complementary colour or keep it simple with a tonal match. ONE FOR YOUR WISHLIST This is our kind of page turner – a new coffee table book filled with advice on decorating with eco-conscious…

sustainable swaps

ECO GREETINGS Send these nature-friendly cards made with paper embedded with seeds. The recipient can plant them in the spring and watch native wildflowers bloom. Also, 5p per card supports the British Beekeeping Association. Plantable bauble-on-string Christmas cards, £15 for four, Green Planet Paper FEEL-GOOD CRACKERS With each plastic-free cracker, £2 is donated to a different charity, from clearing plastic from UK shores, to supporting frontline workers. With jokes written by celebrities, will that make them less eye-roll inducing? Christmas crackers, £24.95 for six, Advent of Change RE-USABLE WRAPS The traditional Japanese wrapping method furoshiki adds even more joy to giving. Pass on the cotton block-printed cloths or re-use them around the home. Furoshiki wrapping cloths, £15 for two, Toast. For more ideas, read Zero waste: gift wrap by Christine Leech (£7.67, David & Charles)…

great gifts that mean much more

MOG SHOT Artist Annabelle Pearl will capture the likeness of a beloved cat. Bespoke pet portrait, from £90, Cheshire & Wain PLANT BUDDY Send a surprise leafy delivery. A three- to twelve-month subscription, from £60 for three months, Leaf Envy PET OBSESSED Everything you need for a doggy day spa made from natural ingredients. Ultimate Dog pamper kit, £40, Norfolk Natural Living MODERN TERRARIUM Made from recycled glass, it’ll bring the outside in. Canopy closed garden, £40, LSA International GARDENER’S GIFT Supporting knees while protecting our waterways. Nymans Foliage gardening kneeler, £20, National Trust Shop BACK TO NATURE Sponsor a real piece of English countryside to be returned to the wild, from £30 for 9sq m area, Heal LOVE LETTERS Re-discover the art of letter writing. Monogrammed Potagerie personalised notecard set, £24 for 15, The Chateau BOX OF DELIGHTS Choose from curated boxes or create…

great gifts under £20

LIST LOVERS Just the thing for staying organised while not in the office. Working from Home daily planner desk pad, £6, Martha Brook HELLO BIRDIE! Hang from a branch and watch new residents come flocking. Woven birdhouse, £20, Marie Curie WAKE UP CALL Simple, stylish and essential for never running late again. Odette square alarm clock, £19, Made TRAVEL BUDDY Encourage a loved one to ditch single-use plastics. Green stainless-steel water bottle, £10, Argos HOT STUFF A stylish solution for keen cooks to rest steaming pots and pans. Pink rainbow trivet, £16.95, Rose & Grey SUSTAINABLE STATIONERY Plant and watch them grow into herbs or flowers. Sprout pencils Mindful Thought edition, £9.95, Sprout PAW PRINTS Serve up your four-legged friend’s Christmas dinner in a fancy new dish. Sophie Conran pet bowl, £20, Portmeirion FIRM FAVOURITE This precious-stone face massager will also look pretty on a…