I am writ­ing this hav­ing just vis­ited Peter­sham Nurs­eries in Covent Gar­den.

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I’m a lit­tle late to the party with this as the florist, del­i­catessen and shop opened in July last year and the two restau­rants, bar and court­yard fol­lowed in April. Fea­tur­ing lav­ish flo­ral in­stal­la­tions, dra­matic light­ing and dis­tressed mir­rors and state­ment art­work, the set­ting is per­fec­tion.

Fol­low­ing my visit, as I cast fresh eyes on our De­cem­ber is­sue’s dec­o­rat­ing con­tent, it would be fair to say that much of it chimes with the ‘Peter­sham look’. Namely, cre­ative ways with fo­liage, bur­nished metallics and just the right amount of twin­kle. We worked with the best florists to bring you these ideas. Hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Thomas Broom-hughes, who is ac­tu­ally ex-peter­sham and now owner of Thomas Bloom, cre­ated all the wreaths and gar­lands for Deck the Halls on page 70, while each of the in­stal­la­tions in our Christ­mas Wreaths story on page 42 was con­ceived by a lead­ing florist.

Our cel­e­bra­tion of this sea­son con­tin­ues with our gift­ing pages. I love News & Shop­ping Ed­i­tor Laura Vin­den’s se­lec­tion of buys and we asked artist Su­san­nah Gar­rod to turn her hand at il­lus­trat­ing the pages. I dis­cov­ered her many years ago at a Jo Mal­one event and she sub­se­quently did the art­work for my wed­ding. She has a gor­geous, whim­si­cal touch.

De­signer in­sight is a key part of the Homes & Gar­dens brand, so we spoke to a sprin­kling of our cre­ative friends to find out what makes them tick at this spe­cial time. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to dis­cover what Martin Brud­nizki, Suzy Hood­less and Philippa Craddock get up to on the big day (Martin loves a smor­gas­bord). It also just goes to show that the idea of a merry Christ­mas is dif­fer­ent for all of us. We hope you have your per­fect one this year. SARAH SPI­TERI, ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor

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