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Homes & Antiques December 2019

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.

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1 min.
a new tradition

I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas shopping. It always starts out joyfully enough, with a few fun, nostalgic trips around seasonal markets and a bit of browsing from the comfort of my sofa. But then, all of a sudden, that joy turns to panic, as I realise that all I did at the fair was drink mulled wine and, despite my planning, I’ve forgotten to factor in delivery times for any online shopping. This year, I’m going to break with tradition and follow Velimir Ilic’s lead. He’s scouted out the best antiques shops for Christmas shopping (p144), each of which offers utterly unique gifts and decorations, all in an inviting atmosphere. Also brimming with festive spirit this month are our four homes. Festooned with antiques and vintage pieces, each of them…

1 min.
my five favourite antiques in this issue…

BEST IN SHOW I saw these award-winning cabinets at the LAPADA Fair and they are certainly worthy of the accolade. TOUCH OF KITSCH Vintage baubles in retro colours like these are hard to come by, but they give a tree a real sense of history. SWEET AS HONEY This delicate honey skep is attributed to the master silversmith of the 18th century, Paul Storr. MAJOLICA MAGIC This 1868 Wedgwood dessert service would look wonderfully festive on your Christmas dinner table. A CUDDLY TOY! While a famous German bear is our ‘Design Icon’, it’s this 20th-century ted I’ve fallen for.…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Dan Duchars photographed ‘A Home for All Seasons’ Dan Duchars is a respected interiors and lifestyle photographer, and is a regular contributor to many homes titles. ‘Over the years, our family has collected countless Christmas decorations on various trips and travels. We mix traditional and quirkier finds, so this year our ornaments will include a handmade glass hamburger from LA, which will sit at the top of the tree.’ Velimir Ilic wrote ‘Festive Antiques Shops’ Velimir is a freelance writer and editor, specialising in interiors, food and music. He is currently working on his latest book, profiling the UK’s independent record shops. ‘The thing we always put on top of our Christmas tree is a beautiful handmade angel. Commissioned by my mother-in-law, it’s made with offcuts from my wife’s silk and lace wedding dress.’ Ellie Tennant…

3 min.

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1 min.
stone deaf staffordshire dogs

I am nearly 84 and have a pair of Staffordshire dogs that I love. My uncle won them at a fair and they used to sit on the›sideboard, on either side of the clock, and I would perch on his knee looking at them as a very small child. He told me one day, ‘Every time they hear the clock strike, those dogs bark’, so every time the clock struck, I used to look hopefully at them. When I had the chance of a keepsake after my aunt and uncle died, the dogs came to live with me. But, does anyone know of a cure for stone deaf Staffordshire pot dogs? Barbara Whitaker, via email DO YOU HAVE AN ANTIQUE WITH A STORY? If you have correspondence from star-crossed lovers, or a clock…

2 min.
the month

1 the COLOUR RICH & VIBRANT JEWEL SHADES Make your Christmas merry and bright with baubles in rich hues. The decorations in the Colour Pop collection from Sophie Robinson at Habitat will give your home a joyful makeover with minimum effort. A real tree is the perfect backdrop for vivid decs like these, and will ensure the shades dazzle. habitat.co.uk 2 the COUNTDOWN ADVENT CALENDAR FROM NEWBY TEAS Make time for tea every day in the run-up to Christmas. It’s easy to do with the collectable new advent calendar from British tea brand Newby. Featuring an elegantly illustrated Japanese tea ceremony, the calendar opens to reveal a watercolour design of snow-capped Mount Fuji and 24 drawers each filled with four sachets from Newby’s Classic Teabag Collection. Each day in December promises a different blend, and…