The packed December issue of Homes & Gardens is all about celebrating the dreaminess of the festive season – despite the differences we're going to notice in 2020.
We feature Festive Folk in our decorating shoot, a celebration of characterful, handcrafted decorations. This issue also features wonderful real homes, with Sky McAlpine's beautiful home a highlight. Chef and cookbook author Clodagh McKenna brings us beautiful Christmas decorating ideas – plus, of course, her tasty twists on traditional Christmas dishes. We will be trying them all at home this festive season. There's a winter garden to enjoy, plus The 12 Days of Christmas, our amazing gift guide. You can see a teaser of all these features, below.
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From naive-style folk patterned stockings to natural foliage from the garden and vibrant baubles with simple patterns, our Festive Folk feature focusses on a simpler, prettier take on Christmas that's enduringly stylish.
We take a closer look at what everyone really wants for Christmas this year – from glamorous buys for the home, to the best design books, lockdown luxuries, creative courses, kits and subscriptions, and even look at a greener approach to Christmas with antique sources. Plus, there are the best Indie shops and ethical and eco gifts. Our Christmas wishlist is never-ending...
Leading cookery writer Sky McAlpine shows us around her beautiful home. There's much faded glamour, a grand piano, a wonderful yellow kitchen – and three Christmas trees...
Letter from the editor
As my team and I ready this December issue to be sent to the printers, I am struck by how jolly it looks... it is an abundance of Christmas cheer.
This year we have focused on raising a smile and small ways to celebrate - from beautiful making ideas to decorating with fresh foliage and other festive schemes.
I adore cooker author Skye McAlpine's London home that's dressed up to impress (three trees!). Our gifting pages are also pretty special. In lieu of a straight product round-up, we decided to champion independent sources and vintage shops and suggest some experiential gifts. it's a fabulous mash-up of ideas and inspiration.
I'm also thrilled to shout about our website. The relaunched site is now a trove of buying guides, meaty expert advice and in-depth features, alongside a feast of gorgeous interiors and gardens.
With this new content strategy and creative refresh, also comes a new little sister – Homes & Gardens Country. This microsite will celebrate the art of rural living. Think barn conversion know-how to how to grow tomatoes.
Finally, I want to salute the legend that was Sir Terence Conran. An icon who needs no intro, we share a little bit about what he meant to us. Our thoughts are with his family.
Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space.
Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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