From the Editor…
The festive parties are well underway, Christmas is around the corner, if not already upon us, the anticipation and pressure of what you are or aren’t doing on New Year’s Eve is hanging in the air. It’s the same every year, yet being a perfect host is something that eludes even the most organised and creative of us. Fortunately, the issue you hold in your hands contains ELLE Decoration’s annual guide to entertaining with aplomb…
Packed with the latest tableware and accessories, tantalising trend-led tablescapes, it also has tips and ideas to make your parties pop. Plus, we’ve quizzed London’s cool crowd who are leading the interiors world’s obsession with flamboyance. If anyone knows how to make things memorable, it’s them.
As the hangovers fade and the big clear-up begins, focus turns to the new year ahead. The period after the excesses of those festive days, and before heading back to work, is the perfect time to focus on the positive effects of renewal. To get you in the right frame of mind, this issue also includes an exploration of the new movements in the world of wellness, where a number of top spas are becoming as well known for their interiors as they are for their treatments.
And as the best revivals start at home, writer Raven Smith shares his experience of tackling property renovation for the very first time. As he points out, ‘Rather than rolling fields of opportunity, I’m aware of how much there is to get wrong.’
So while I realise this end of the year is a frantic whirlwind, where it’s hard not to get hung up on the details, instead look forward and focus on the personal and your place in the world. The people around you who you want to celebrate with or spend peace and quiet with, the ones who mean the most, should be at the forefront of your mind, along with that sense of home. After all, it’s your sanctuary, the place you want to be rather than anywhere else. I wish you all a wonderful holiday period with the ability to enjoy both the social frenzy and the ensuing downtime at home. See you in 2020!
In this month’s issue you’ll find…
- Party secrets from London’s top tastemakers
- How to be the perfect host and set a stunning table
- Last-minute gift ideas
- Designer spas for new-year wellness
- What to know when renovating – a personal journey
- Winter-warming homes from Norway to the UK
- Your cultural calendar for 2020
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