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The English Home

The English Home December 2017

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.

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in this issue

1 min.
a letter from home

The Cotswolds village I live in becomes a hive of activity as Christmas approaches. A hugely sociable place all year round, it becomes even more so during the festive season. Proceedings begin with the nativity play at the little local primary school (guaranteed to raise tears and laughter), progress through to singing and mulled-wine events in the pub – hosted by one of the three village choirs – and peak with the all-important Christmas Eve service at the church. There, the pulpit is garlanded with flowers, candles flicker in each of the stained-glass windows and there is not a single empty seat to be had in the pews. In addition to all this, neighbours far and wide gather for drinks parties, the village lanes throng with walkers on Boxing Day…

1 min.
my christmas rituals

• Making a wreath for my door is something that gives me great pleasure. It’s something I tend to do in the week before Christmas – setting aside a weekend morning to raid the garden for foliage and creating havoc on the worktops whilst I ‘play with flowers’. I find it enormously satisfying, even if the end results are not particularly skilful. • Baking snowflake- and dove-shaped biscuits with my daughter , who is reaching an age when the icing is less messy and the making is almost as much fun as the eating. • Going shopping for a new bauble. We treat ourselves to one new addition for the tree each year. The ritual is a deep-seated memory that I hold dear from my own childhood and am eager to pass…

2 min.
our christmas wishes

KATY, decorating editor On my Christmas wishlist: I’ve had my eye on the V&A-inspired collections at John Lewis, particularly the Japanese teapots and plates, with their exquisite gold detailing. My favourite thing about Christmas is: Christmas Eve. I love the anticipation and it’s even more exciting now with my young daughter. After we have hung her stocking and tucked her into bed, my husband and I will pop open the prosecco and have a feast of delicious canapés, then make sure Father Christmas can get all the presents under the tree. I can’t get through the festive season without: Baileys! It’s my favourite tipple, plus I like to use it in my special tiramisu recipe as I’m not keen on traditional Christmas pudding or cake – even though I make at least three…

2 min.
festive flourishes

1 min.
set the mood

Ardent aficionados of Christmas can sprinkle a little extra whimsy and festive flair with decorative touches designed specifically for the season. From robin motif tableware and kitchen textiles to a jolly doormat, there is plenty to choose from. We suggest some of the most tasteful ways to add additional embellishment when decking the halls.…

1 min.
that’s a wrap

Revel in the rituals for a smooth sleigh ride towards December 25th. Choosing Christmas cards and wrapping accessories evokes a festive feeling. Turn card-writing from a chore into a pleasure by having carols playing in the background, a delicious cup of tea close by, and using a favourite fountain pen to inscribe festive greetings. Whilst gift-wrapping, festoon the table with papers and ribbons and let imagination take flight.…