FROM THE EDITOR
As I write this letter in the middle of October, Christmas feels a bit like an elephant on the horizon – small and safely distant. But, I know from experience that if I don’t get organised soon, it’ll hurtle towards me, gathering pace, and I’ll suddenly feel overwhelmed by its giant presence!
The key to avoiding last-minute panic, as with most things, is preparation. With that in mind, I warmly welcome you to this issue of House Beautiful - packed full of inspirational ways to help you get ahead and fill your home with festive joy. We’ve got an abundance of ideas for you – from gift buying (p64) to decorating looks that will make your home twinkle and your garden magical (p38).
For me, the most enjoyable part of Christmas is when the chaos has subsided and I have a few days to hunker down at home with my family. As food lovers, I know they’re going to enjoy making and sharing the delicious canapes and drinks created for us by MasterChef finalist Giovanna Ryan (p138). We’ve followed Giovanna’s journey over the past year (mostly on Instagram @giovannaryan) and have fallen in love with her philosophy that food, like life, should be fun and enjoyable. So, we couldn’t be more delighted that she’s agreed to share more of her expertise and recipes in House Beautiful next year.
Have a fabulous Christmas and I look forward to sharing lots more home and lifestyle ideas with you in the New Year!
Crushed, beaded silver bauble, £4,Heal’s