Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Feeling Festive with Ideal Home

I have long been a fan of magazines.

When I was a teenager far too much of my earnings from babysitting and waitressing went straight onto purchases of glossies and other periodicals - Smash Hits, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Just Seventeen, Vanity Fair, Tatler.  I loved the pictures, the stories, the glamour - even the adverts!  As I've grown older my tastes have changed somewhat, but I still love to curl up with a magazine and a cup of coffee to unwind after a busy day.

So imagine my delight when earlier this year, approached me to join their blogger network! I was very pleased to accept, and chose Ideal HomeRed, and Vanity Fair as the titles I would receive and review.

Ideal Home is one of my favourite magazines - I love the ideas it has for making a house a home and think it's just full of inspiration and great ideas.  It's also brilliant in the range of budgets it works with - some home decor magazines skew endlessly expensive but Ideal Home has options from a great range of suppliers and designers, for all shapes and sizes of homes.

The first issue I received from Ideal Home was their December issue, which is stuffed (ha - pun not intended but found when editing!) with ideas for Christmas decorating and entertaining!

From fun displays to beautiful tables, fabulous decorations to lovely recipes, the whole magazine has me feeling Christmassy and eager to make some pretty displays in our home.  I'm so excited to be enjoying the magazine for a year and seeing what ideas I can take from it to improve our little badger sett.  For now, I'm dreaming of a beautiful Christmas!

Our Christmas decorations tend to skew quite traditional (I'm a red, green and shiny girl!) but I love some of these urban inspired pieces.  That wreath is stunning.

We live in a (lovely) terraced house, so I yearn for a wide entryway - I loved how this area was styled with the greenery and candles!

I'm going to try to make more of our Christmas goodies this year - Dundee cakes, mince pies and chutneys.  Perhaps I should add Christmas pudding to the list?  This recipe looks delicious!

One of my friends adores snow globes - I may have to mail her this page!

Total. tree. envy.

Love this beautiful traditional tree.

If you'd like to sign up for a subscription to Ideal Home or any other titles, please do visit via the links in this piece or the link in my sidebar.

Finally, I'm curious - what's your favourite magazine?

Disclaimer: I have been gifted three annual subscriptions by to receive and review (thanks, guys!).  Affiliate links are used in this post - if you sign up via them I will receive a small payment.  I always like to be honest :)


  1. I'm a big fan of Home Decorating/Home Style magazines myself. I don't buy them anymore, but get them from the library and photocopy any pages I particularly like. I really love magazines or books on French Country Styles.
    I love the traditional red, green and gold Christmas look too. I recent years I've had a tree trimmed in all gold, then one in all red, and then one with red and gold. The last tree I put up had every decoration I own on it. Now I have a cat and nowhere to put a tree where he can't get to it and rip it down, so I'll wait until he is older before doing another tree. I have tiny trees instead which I can put way up high.

    1. Tiny trees! What a clever cat-friendly idea!

  2. Congrats, that's very cool! I only read magazines online these days, but Rolling Stone is the one I read the most.

    1. I think Rolling Stone has some of my favourite long form writing in a magazine (as well as Vanity Fair). Love reading a good, long, well-researched piece.


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