Ideal Home December 2021

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
R 86,39
R 690,89
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
i’m going all-out this year...

Do I love the anticipation of Christmas more than the big day itself? Very possibly. There’s something undeniably magical about all the twinkly lights, festive scents, quirky traditions and (probably the biggest plus for me) getting to go to town when I’m decorating the house, that I find impossible to resist! The Advent calendar I’ve been making for my twins every year for the last decade (they’re 12 now) is what all of our Christmas family traditions are woven around. Each day contains an Advent activity – from easy things such as ‘listen to music’ for busy days, to family highlights like ‘buy the Christmas tree’ (it’s got to be a real one for me) and pre-booked treat days out. The calendar gives the whole of December a rhythm that I love,…

1 min
the ih panel

HADLEY FREEMAN JOURNALIST & AUTHOR A Guardian columnist and features writer, Hadley has also penned four books. She’s about to move house – a new project! NICKY PHILLIPS DECORATING EDITOR Nicky brings over 25 years’ experience to the table, and has been part of the Ideal Home family for 21 years. CHARLIE LUXTON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER Charlie juggles his roles as director of Charlie Luxton Design, TV presenter and public speaker. KALPANA FITZPATRICK MONEY EXPERT An award-winning financial journalist, Kalpana is a regular guest on TV and radio, and editor of FEARNE COTTON BROADCASTER & AUTHOR TV and radio presenter Fearne’s Happy Place podcast is now in its ninth series, with over 40 million downloads.…

1 min
trending on…

Real Christmas trees – tips for choosing and looking after your tree Before you pick up your seasonal spruce, read our guide to choosing the perfect real tree Ideal Home approved: buying guides & reviews “Everything you could possibly need for the perfect home this holiday season”HEATHER YOUNG, EDITOR From stand mixers to sofa beds, check out our expert buying advice and Ideal Home Approved buys for the best choices How to make your own wreath Follow six easy steps in our Christmas craft guide to make a stunning, original wreath to hang with pride on your front door Christmas living room ideas From country craft garlands to metallic marvels, these Christmas living room decorating ideas will transform your home and create a little magic for guests. Browse over 30 living room festive schemes for inspiration for your…

1 min
‘ bring on a new take on the twiggy tree...

Just when you thought the Christmas tree couldn’t be reinvented, Cox & Cox has found a new way to spin it. This year sees the fluffy fronds of the Blossom and Gypsophila trees, the weeping Willow and the snow-flocked Magical Wishing trees (all pre-lit). The extra large version at £1,150 is an investment indeed, but the cascading lights will create a spectacle inside and out. IH LOVES... Chrimas cushions Sequin Noel cushion, £125, Jan Constantine at Amara…

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‘what to do this month...

DO Join one of Hobbycraft’s 4,000 workshops. The sessions will take place in store and online, with Christmas-themed classes including gift and wreath making, personalised baubles and Advent calendars. They’re suitable for the whole family with specific kids’ sessions also available. Visit, from £5 to £45 (including materials). LISTEN to The Adam Buxton Podcast. Between comical jingles the comedian carries out part-funny, part-serious topical interviews with everyone from Paul McCartney to Zadie Smith. Silliness ensues on the annual Christmas episode, when Adam’s accompanied once more by his former creative partner, Joe Cornish. READ Enjoy the countdown to Christmas with Advent by Kerstin Niehoff and Laura Fleiter. Try out new recipes and crafts, with winter warmers for one, simple ideas to bring the festive spirit home, and foodie treats to share and…

1 min
‘eco-friendly decorating swaps

While there’s a step away from glitter this year, that hasn’t stopped brands delivering the glamour. Paper decorations are a big trend and they’ve been given a grown-up colour swap. In place of pastels or primaries, we’re seeing chic tones of sage, olive, blush and beige at Rockett St George and Rose & Grey. Dunelm’s Tropics collection in rich jewel tones features paper fans and over-sized decorations that prove glitz isn’t required for a dramatic look. Paperchase has made an eco pledge for zero-glitter products and plastic-free gifts in crackers, with Wilko following suit – all wrapping paper and paper tableware are from responsible sources and fully recyclable.…