Chelsea Magazine

Home & Garden
The English Home

The English Home December 2018

The English Home brings you seasonal British design and lifestyle throughout the year. Every issue includes quintessentially British kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms, with useful advice from leading interior designers and architects on how to achieve classic, elegant style.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

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1 min.
a letter from home

There is a deep comfort in the repeating of festive rituals year on year, don’t you think? For some the preparations for Christmas can be as enjoyable as the big day itself, be that gathering foliage to dress the house, choosing the tree, taking time to wrap presents beautifully or making a special day of shopping at a festive market with dear friends. It was this we wanted to capture when creating this edition, hoping to help set your anticipation alight by focussing on the pleasure and creativity that preparing can offer. I love making a wreath for my front door and drying orange slices on my Aga to hang on the tree or tie onto a garland above the fire, so I always make sure I carve out a few…

1 min.
christmas rituals

* Eve, our features editor, likes to exchange ‘Secret Santa’ stockings with family on Christmas morning now that there are no children in the house for Father Christmas to visit. Each family member draws a name from a hat, then works to the same budget to curate small, thoughtful and humorous presents. * Sarah, our managing editor, loves unwrapping baubles with sentimental attachment from her childhood to rehang year on year. * Clair, our homes editor, enjoys the creative opportunity Christmas affords, making her own Christmas cards, festive shortbread to give to neighbours, and handmade presents for her nearest and dearest. Follow us on Twitter @englishhometeam Pinterest at pinterest.com/theenglishhome Facebook at facebook.com @theenglishhome Instagram at instagram.com @englishhomemag…

2 min.
contributors

MICHAEL HUNTER Curator of Osborne House, Isle of Wight (see Behind the Scenes at Christmas, p137). What do you most look forward to as part of a traditional English Christmas? Because I live and work quite a distance away from where I come from in Scotland, I look forward to getting back there and being with family and friends. Putting up a real tree and decorating it is a treat, with the great smell of pine that I always associate with Christmas. What are your Christmas traditions? Getting the whole family together to open presents on Christmas morning, each taking turns to open a present at a time. This takes up most of the morning, by which time we’re all ready for Christmas lunch. What would you like to find under the tree…

2 min.
comfort & joy

FEATURE EVE MIDDLETON PHOTOGRAPH P18 (THE REAL FLOWER COMPANY) © UMBALA PHOTOGRAPHY…

1 min.
sparkling white

There is surprising strength in the palest of colour palettes for festive interiors. As if everything in a room had been touched by the delicate hand of the Snow Queen, layers of glistening white give rooms the feel of being as pure and special as freshly fallen snow. The key to this look is texture. Add shimmer to a base of white-painted furniture with mercury glass, twinkling crystal chandeliers, sparkling baubles and flickering candelight. FEATURE SAMANTHA SCOTT-JEFFRIES PHOTOGRAPHS (SARAH & BENDRIX) © KATIE HOWEY; (BRISSI) © ADAM CARTER…

1 min.
enduring appeal

Think of Father Christmas’s suit, mistletoe and the glossy pine tones of the Christmas tree and it is difficult to deny that red and green sum up the festive season at a glance. This is a look that exudes warmth and longevity, perfect for those who love heirloom baubles and flatware passed down the family line. Much-loved pieces can be refreshed with new but classic tableware, additional seating for guests and personalised Christmas items.…