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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Elle Decoration December 2010

Given they are the cool kid on the block, it's no surprise to see Elle Decoration deliver a December issue far removed from green and red Christmas features, instead inspiring for the holidays in a more subtle, unique way. A cracking gift guide opens the issue, along with news on all the latest products for the home, including the 'Cotton Tree' wallpaper by MissPrint and fabrics from Osborne & Little. This month's 'easy decorating' feature shines the spotlight on purple and offers advice on how to introduce  various hues into a scheme. The 'easy updates' feature that follows is by far my favourite of all the stories within the December issue; wonderfully whimsical and bursting with comforting warmth, their Ten Commandments of Christmas are all spot on. A close second favourite was the 'at home with' feature, which tours the Copenhagen home of Danish fashion designer Malene Birger. Before heading into the home tour section at the back, congratulations must go to one of my textile favourites Donna Wilson, who won the Designer of the Year award at The British Design Awards 2010. There's just time to mention the five home tours within the issue - see below for a peek of the Vals and Parisian homes they featured. Finally, if you are planning on entertaining over the holiday season be sure to read their feature on casual dining. OK, enough of my picks, what has you excited about this issue?

30 comments:

  1. Love how they have tapped into the beginnings of a new, darker, much more sophisticated mood in interiors - fabulous post!

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  2. Lovely and subtle colors for the holidays - so refreshing and a nice change from the standard red and green! Plum purple is definitely the way to go...

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  3. I am in love with the second to last room!! Wow talk about grandeur! So chic!! This issue looks amazing, I love all the color combos!

    Luvs!

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  4. You had me at the headline "Winter Glamour"! Looks like a great issue and Marlene Birger's home is just gorgeous!

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  5. so many great bits & pieces....love inspiration for the holidays ... the Parisian room tho, sent me over the moon! Nice post Will ...

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  6. the blue bottles make me go gaga! just love every image

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  7. parisian grandeur is just my style. :)

    is this the uk or us elle decor... {do they have uk?}

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  8. Dear Elle UK: If you are reading this, and I'm sure you are, please hire Mr Bazaar stat! He has a unique ability to make all of us lust and want your magazine.. constantly! Yours truly, a magazineaholic

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  9. Oh wow, looks like a good one! Love how they've incorporated so many different styles, that industrial kitchen looks so interesting! Love these reviews of yours Will.
    ps think you'll like my post today, it's full of colour!

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  10. That purple is stunning! the issue is absolutely fabulous and the review is amazing, as always!

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  11. who needs magazines when we have such a lovely blog who keeps us up to date?

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  12. great review Will!
    Did you see there is a Donna Wilson sample sale soon??

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  13. Industrial Grey Hues for the kitchen? love it!! It seems cold but i think it's so cozy like a big family kitchen where during the afternoon kids can play while mom is cooking.. it would be a kind of 'ikea' feeling if you know what I mean! love Elle love ur Post!! ( Love the purple mixed with grey)

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  14. Even though I've read the real thing cover to cover, v. much enjoyed your review!

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  15. Wonderful post Will!
    I do adore the industrial grey hues. That's a gorgeous place to live at!

    Glad to see you are doing so well ~ best of regards (not from sunny Greece but cold, cloudy, grey, yet charming in a way Germany)

    Ivy ~ xx

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  16. I liked your note to Santa, Will. I'm yet to pick the issue, but it looks awesome!

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  17. Great post, Will! The red wallpaper is fantastic.

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  18. Too much to comment on!! Everything is amazing! Well done Elle (and Will for putting this review together!) xo

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous - maybe I will nip out and buy it after all... Refreshing Christmas palette!

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  20. Well there's lots of great things in this post! My favorite are the empty bottles turn candle holders. I love it because it's simple, creative and an inexpensive way to decorate! Thank for sharing, Will!

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  21. I love how there is a wonderful mix of styles-something for everyone! Awesome review Will! XX

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  22. Oh, swoon. The bulbs are so brilliant!

    Leigha

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  23. Will, the "Parisian grandeur" bit was just my thing. Drooling over that mirror.
    And of course it's only a question of time before you're writing for "Elle Decoration" and everyone else out there -- and well you should be!
    XO
    Michael
    PS: Looking forward to seeing your own Xmas winter wonderland at home. (How's that for a subtle hint...) :-)

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  24. You've summed it up so well Will. Elle Decor is definitely the 'cool kid on the block' and what you have teased us with is truly stunning.

    Those curtains by Osborne & Little are fantastic. What amazing colours! Zingy and fresh!!

    I have seen Malene's home before and love it. In fact all her homes are fantastic and her style very tasteful. My wardrobe hosts many of her fashion creations and are real staples for all occasions.

    The industrial kitchen is beyond amazing. I have a real weakness for concrete. Think it is such a beautiful commodity. Well poured and polished it makes me weak at the knees! One day I too shall walk on such..!

    The Parisian flat.. Is that the home of Nikki Parker? If so, she's a dear friend of mine. Her Paris apartment is beyond belief! I can't wait to see it for real.

    Last but not least. Congrats to the royal engagement. Hoping it has sent ripples of hope through the country. Kate seems gorgeous!

    Hugs and happy end to the week my friend.

    x Charlotta

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  25. LOVE that orange and blue....now where have I seen that color combo before?!?!? oh yes....your fab blog!

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  26. Thanks all so much for your comments. It's a fab read so be sure to pick up a copy if you can!

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  27. Fabulous interiors for the holidays and year around - all of them are stunning. Thanks for sharing!

    Jamie Herzlinger

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