Things I’ve seen, done and loved this month

Country Homes & Interiors - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR - Vanessa x

This is­sue is full of magic and sparkle! It’s packed with sim­ple ideas to make your home look and feel spe­cial this Christ­mas. I’ll be copy­ing Lynsey Cross’ stun­ningly dec­o­rated man­tel (page 32) and giv­ing my home a ro­man­ti­cally rus­tic mood with fairy lights and can­dles, like Jessie Ward’s beau­ti­ful Hamp­shire farm­house (page 54). If you feel like get­ting cre­ative this year, find more man­tel-dress­ing ideas on page 92, or ways to per­son­alise a nat­u­ral wreath (page 134). We have the ul­ti­mate edit of un­usual presents to sur­prise and de­light your loved ones on page 26, but there will be gifts galore at this year’s Coun­try Homes & In­te­ri­ors Christ­mas show, tak­ing place at Stonor Park, Hen­ley-on-thames, 22-25 Novem­ber. It’s a great day out, from brows­ing the stands for ar­ti­san home­ware and sam­pling foodie treats, to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing our room­sets based on the beau­ti­fully styled rooms in this is­sue (page 72). There are bet­ter-than-half-price sub­scrip­tions up for grabs, so get there early! You’ll also re­ceive a gor­geous Ad­vent cal­en­dar by il­lus­tra­tor Sally Swan­nell – see her work­ing in her Wilt­shire stu­dio on page 154. PS… THE RUN-UP TO CHRIST­MAS CAN BE HEC­TIC, SO TAKE THE PRES­SURE OFF BY DOWN­LOAD­ING THE OWNABLE APP. IT’S THE EAS­I­EST AND QUICK­EST WAY TO BUY THINGS YOU SEE AND LOVE IN THIS IS­SUE, SO GET A HEAD START ON YOUR CHRIST­MAS TO-DO LIST!

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