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Condé Nast House & Garden - - CONTENTS -

Win­ter has got to be the most sat­is­fy­ing sea­son for a nester. if you think about it, sum­mer is a bit of a swin­dle that way be­cause the nest feels just fine less feath­ered. in fact, you prob­a­bly lived out of the nest – and loved it.

Win­ter’s fo­cus, how­ever, is firmly off the streets, the ter­race and the pool deck, away from the ice buck­ets, mos­quito nets, linen sheets in a shade called Aperol granita, pas­tel crock­ery and ceil­ing fans – which were sum­mer’s ne­ces­si­ties – and onto your sofa and bed. Win­ter is a five-month sea­sonal Shangri-la for the in­trepid co­cooner.

i’m giv­ing my­self away here. for me, win­ter is the spring of dec­o­rat­ing. i get a sharp charge of re­tail ravenous­ness when i see the first faux-fur throws be­ing dis­played in store win­dows. i sense an over­rid­ingly tri­umphant obli­ga­tion to in­stil com­fort and joy at home.

it goes like this: those stone floors that were de­li­ciously cool in fe­bru­ary now sting with icy mal­ice in June. they need a sheep­skin, a rug, a some­thing to make them tol­er­a­ble. texture and tac­til­ity feel like an im­per­a­tive man­date now. fur and wood, can­dle­light and patina, the colours of jam on toast – th­ese are the sunshine of a win­ter in­te­rior. if you are re­lat­ing to this, you will love this is­sue.

Cabin fer­vour (page 58) is a good place to be­gin both ground­ing and in­spir­ing your­self. As­so­ci­ate Editor Piet Sm­edy had a one-on-one with new York de­signer San­dra nun­ner­ley in which her can­did voice comes through as if you were sit­ting across a ta­ble of swatches and sam­ples from her. Please read, and en­joy the gist of her wo­ke­ness around the case for lux­ury fin­ishes, dis­cre­tion of style and, yes, cash­mere. She ex­plains the process of de­sign­ing that elu­sive thing for her clients: a happy place in the mo­ment, in the sea­son, at home.

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