ONCE UPON A DE­CEM­BER

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - WELCOME - Mel Sher­wood Ed­i­tor

Late one De­cem­ber evening four or !ve years ago, while trawl­ing the streets of Welling­ton, New Zea­land, travel-weary, com­pletely lost, and on an in­creas­ingly des­per­ate hunt for din­ner, my hus­band and I stum­bled across an un­forge"able sight: a depart­ment store win­dow, bustling with an ex­tra­or­di­nary toy pa­rade. Trains, bi-planes and bal­leri­nas were all brought to life to mes­meris­ing mu­sic. Our hunger dis­si­pated as we watched the spec­ta­cle un­furl, hooked on the mys­ti­cal lure of the shop win­dow. Though some may see it as a cyn­i­cal, com­mer­cial en­deav­our, there aren’t many of us who don’t feel the nos­tal­gic pull to gaze at a Christ­mas dis­play. But what is it that draws us in? And when did the tra­di­tion be­gin? The an­swers are en­chant­ing – !nd out more on page 113. Equally charm­ing are the homes we have for you this month (page 65 on­wards). From a French chateau, all decked out for the party sea­son, to a Vic­to­rian ter­race, lov­ingly fes­tooned with vin­tage dec­o­ra­tions, there are myr­iad ideas to in­spire us all. If, how­ever, you need more in­spi­ra­tion, then don’t miss ‘ How to Up­date Your Christ­mas’ (page 53), in which we re­veal the sim­ple, on-trend touches that will give tra­di­tional looks a fresh feel for 2018 – all with an­tiques in mind, nat­u­rally. Which­ever you choose, you’ll be sure of a stylish cel­e­bra­tion.

Share your an­tiques­lled fes­tive dis­plays with us on In­sta­gram! Tag @home­s_an­tiques and make sure you in­clude #Christ­maswith­soul

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