December 2016 – Issue 258 – Merry Christmas!

From everyone here at Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living Magazine, we would like to wish you all a very festive welcome to our December issue. This year has truly flown by, and it is very hard to believe we are at this stage already; preparing for the holiday season ahead, Christmas trees are going up and the decorations are coming down from the loft, not to mention the shopping well underway for gifts and filling the cupboards for Christmas Day.

This issue is full of festive ideas to inspire you. To start you off, our regular Homestyle feature has become a hommage to festive accessories that will add a bit of magic to your home at this time of year, from baubles and wreaths to standalone ornaments and furniture.

Our Sense of Occasion feature brings you ‘one table, four ways’ as decorated by four leading interiors stores at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast. Each brought something different, but equally as inspiring, from traditional and Scandinavian to the more quirky and colourful.

In our Gift Guide this issue we have everyone covered, including your furry friends. We bring you lots of ideas for the men, women, children and pets in your life, so if you are stuck for ideas hopefully this will lend a hand.

Now that you have your presents sorted, we take a look at how to beautifully gift wrap them with expert advice from Jane Means, and the chance to win a copy of her must-have book ‘Giftwrapped’.

For further inspiration, we take a look at some different stylings from readers’ homes from snapshots of those featured in the past to our four stunning Christmas homes this issue.

From Andrew and Emma’s Lisburn home, Brian and Aisling’s home in Cabinteely to George and Ramona’s atmospheric abode on the Narrow Water Castle Estate and Declan and Sharon’s striking Dublin home.

Our cookery pages this issue feature something different to the traditional turkey and ham, offering mouthwatering vegetarian options from The Vegetarian Society perfect for Christmas Day. In true Christmas fashion we visit some of Europe’s best continental markets and we also take a look ahead to New Year’s Eve and where around the world you could welcome in the New Year with your loved ones.

If you or anyone you know would like to have their home featured, contact our editorial team on 028 9147 3979 or email


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