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Your Home December 2020

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned expert, Your Home magazine will give you the best in design ideas, makeover tips and money-saving advice that'll help you spruce up your home and garden.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

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1 min

As I write this message in mid-October, it’s becoming pretty clear that this is going to be a Christmas like no other. And while it might be far from the big celebrations we’re used to, with all of our loved ones around to share in the merriment, I hope we at Your Home can help to make it as special as possible. We’ve got affordable gifts galore (p46), beautiful reader homes (p81) all dressed for the season and, of course, plenty of decorating inspiration… One of the highlights of December has got to be getting the baubles out and the tree up! Turn to It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (p37) to see how to use your favourite decorations to create a look with an on-trend feel. And, for…

3 min
this month we love…

Hidden Gem: Elm, N›wich Those of you in Norfolk are in luck. Elm is an independent lifestyle store situated in the lanes of Norwich. A profusion of greenery throngs the front of the store and inside you’ll find an assortment of unique and stylish homewares begging to be treasured. Get your hands on an abstract print to adorn a plain wall or pick up a handcrafted ceramic pot decorated and fired in store by owner Paige Mitchell. The best bit? They offer mystery boxes that are jam-packed with a surprise selection of stationery goodies, houseplants or dried grasses – if you’re a pampas lover, the latter is for you! Mystery boxes are priced from £10. Visit the shop at 5-7 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL or online at elmshop.co.uk Scents from Siberia There’s no…

3 min
your letters

THRIFTY FUN This is the mud kitchen I made for our granddaughter during lockdown. It is made from a cabinet that was going to the recycling depot and a couple of pallets. I painted the kitchen in Sulking Room Pink from Farrow and Ball, which was left over from other recycling projects, then added old utensils and recycled feeding bottles. It cost £4 for materials and £10 for accessories. Our granddaughter loves playing with the kitchen – a small price to pay to see that smiling face. Graham Walker, by email Your Home says This is such an impressive lockdown project, Graham! We love how you’ve repurposed materials to give them a new lease of life for your granddaughter. ★ Graham’s letter has won him a three-wick Christmas scented candle worth £49! Bathroom bliss At the beginning of…

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household hints

How to… ›epare a guest bedroom A clean and welcoming bedroom with all the necessities provided can make the world of difference to a guest’s stay. Follow these easy steps to get your guest bedrooms ready for when family and friends are able to visit, and treat them to a hotel experience at home. Let’s start with the basics. Keep your guest rooms simple and clean with no clutter and leave some empty wardrobe space for your guests’ clothes and belongings. Fresh bed sheets and towels go without saying – try to provide an extra throw for warmth and multiple pillows as people’s preferences vary. Leave a note with your WiFi details and password in an obvious space. It saves you having to reel off the password to every guest and saves them…

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what to look out for this month

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we test…

THINGS WE CONSIDERED ● How clear were the instructions? ● Did the gingerbread taste good? ● Did the icing hold the house together? DIY GINGERBREAD HOUSE KIT, £35 , BISCUITEERS The tin this kit comes in is so pretty you’ll definitely want to keep and reuse it. Inside, the contents are clearly labelled, with pre-baked house pieces, piping bags and plenty of royal icing sugar and decorations, as well as easy-to-follow instructions. It didn’t take long for the icing to harden, which was a positive when constructing the house, but meant we had to decorate it quickly! The biscuit itself only had a subtle ginger flavour, but the end result was super impressive. BAKEDIN GINGERBREAD HOUSE BAKING KIT, £7.95 , OCADO If you want to get the kids excited about baking then this simple, tent-shaped house is a…