As we make our way into the winter months and dare I use the ‘C’ word – Christmas (have you seen the social media countdowns too!) – who knows what will be happening thanks to the other ‘C’ word that we’re all fed up with! Well, whatever will be, it’s still nice to have the perfect entertaining space even if it’s just with immediate family this year. Therefore, we look at the kitchen and wider open-plan dining and living spaces to see how they can be designed for entertaining. We also help you choose the perfect dining table and highlight some of the latest accessories you need to think about.
Another thing to consider is ambience within your home. Lighting contributes massively to this and we offer advice on the lighting you need for a well lit home this winter. As well as lighting for setting the tone within your home, we also meet six female Irish artists this issue whose work will certainly add personality and character when hanging on the walls of your home. There’s even a chance to win one of Louise Cherry’s fabulous pieces! Speaking of the walls of your home, Dulux recently announced their Colour of the Year for 2021 – Brave Ground. We look at its four different colour palettes and hopefully inspire you to try it out for yourself. It’s definitely a good base colour and maybe just what you are looking for as a backdrop to a gallery wall.
As always we have three fabulous readers’ homes for you to explore. Our cover home is a unique design that blends into the surrounding landscape in the rolling countryside of Wexford. In Lisburn we get to go inside a home full of history and then on to Westmeath to check out a budget friendly renovation. Plus, we also get inside two readers’ kitchens to have a closer look at their new, contemporary designs and reveal who helped to achieve them. For those wanting a short break this winter we suggest a few snug staycations and bring you the lowdown on The Harrison, Belfast’s newest retreat! Not only does it boast a convenient city centre location, but the interiors and architecture are nothing less than extraordinary.