House Beautiful (UK) - - FROM THE EDITOR - LOUISE PEARCE Ex­ec­u­tive 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

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