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Christmas in colour

Jewel-box colours and clever design tricks are the secrets behind Julia Walters’ stunning Christmas home

Julia Walters has never subscribed to the philosophy that less is more. In her stunning Leicestershire home, more is more and never more so than at Christmas, when she and her creative family pull out all the stops to ensure that the festive season in their home looks more like a fiesta.

Year-round the walls are festooned with family artworks, the furniture – but especially lamps and their shades – are embellished with trimmings and mini pompoms, and painted in brilliant colour. Christmas just sees this eclectic philosophy go into overdrive. ‘I like things that make me laugh and interest me,’ says Julia. ‘When it comes to Christmas decorating I don’t follow fashions, just make things and re-use things from the past which have happy memories.’

Installing a double-sided wood-burner in the old fireplace between the library and kitchen means the family never miss out on a real fire, even when they’re in the kitchen. Carl made the decorative shelf above the door using two carved corbels. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe
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After months of waiting, the festive season is upon us and there’s excitement in the air. But, for many of us, there’s also a hint of panic with so much to do before the big day. With that in mind, in this month’s issue we’ve tried to take the hassle out of Christmas, so you can actually relax and enjoy it. Our decorating feature on page 36 is crammed with quick, easy and affordable ideas to make your home look super special, with bargain buys, quick crafts and simple styling tricks to inspire you. Meanwhile, on page 20, we take a look at the Danish decorating trend that’s sweeping the nation – Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah). It’s all about making your home warm, cosy and a joy to be in over the winter months – so I think you’re going to love it (we certainly do). Those of you who are still on the hunt for the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest, fear not – we’ve got the answers to all your problems on page 40 with our brilliant gift guide. You’ll find 50 fabulous ideas which are all under £50, with stocking fillers from just £2! If you’re bored of eating the same old turkey and trimmings, then turn to page 100 where we give those festive favourites a whole new twist. While on page 104 we pick the best foodie buys from the supermarkets for your parties and get-togethers, so you can spend less time in the kitchen. I do hope you enjoy this festive issue and that this Christmas is your best one ever!