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Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

December 8, 2011

I’m so happy to announce that the second lovely issue of Heart Home magazine goes live in just a few minutes and it’s a lovely feast for the eyes. I love this magazine and look forward to seeing many more in the future because it covers mostly British designers, crafters, artisans, etc. and well, that niche stuff gets me all tingly. I love it when magazines have a very clear focus and aren’t all over the place and totally random, I know what to expect! I know when I look at VTWonen the aesthetic is mainly Dutch, or Inside Out is mainly Australian with lots of Aussie homes… Same for Selvedge magazine, it’s all about textiles. This is the kind of focused content that stands on its own and for me, Heart Home has a good thing going on. Are you ready for a special peek into their next issue? I’ll start by sharing my two favorite images in this magazine — this gorgeous bedroom for one…

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue
Oh dear this is where I imagine going on a weekend holiday… I love the natural light in this space and that gorgeous duvet or “eiderdown” as the English call them. The white floorboards are lovely and I like the contrast of the flooring against the wooden dresser – truth is, contrasts excite me. The fireplace and its surround is enchanting, in fact I noticed that in all of my favorite spaces in Heart Home I could see a fireplace – my absolutely favorite element in a room. The arrangement of things on the dresser is perfect, this room is fun to examine I think, don’t you? And now for my second favorite room in Heart Home, this amazing living room below… The corner nook is so appealing to me. I dream of finding a yummy leather chair like this and curling up to read on a Sunday morning… The flag is a perfect touch I think. If you put your finger over the Union Jack and try to imagine that corner without it, it’s simply not the same. That statement piece provides energy and fun.
Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue
Lets get a closer look at what’s on that mantle, shall we (see below)? Well isn’t this a nice arrangement of quirky and sweet bits – some look sentimental, others perhaps were collected during a walk and still others could be flea market finds. There is sure to be a story behind each item, wouldn’t it be nice to know?

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

When I look at vignettes like this in other people’s homes, I often try to imagine my own stories for each of their objects. Maybe that black No. “3” is their birth month (March) or how many children they have or perhaps their lucky number. I have a ceramic vintage house number on my wall with “22” on it. I bought it in New Hampshire before I moved to Germany because I knew it would be the house number of my first address abroad, when I moved here I lived on a street in house No. 22. I’ve moved since, my new house is No. 46 – but my little No. 22 will always be special to me. Whenever I look at it I think of when I was planning to relocate and the excitement I felt, and my first apartment in Germany. These are the layers of stories behind objects that we decorate with that give a home some heart.

The second issue of Heart Home has around 160 pages and is packed with diverse homes and ideas to suit every taste. I was thrilled when editors Carol, Ari and Daniel gave me exclusive photos from the magazine to use in this blog post – it makes me happy to see how the rooms look without copy laid on them and they are gorgeous and totally pinterestable (new word, I know!) now so pin them, tag them “Heart Home Magazine” on Pinterest, and spread the word!

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

This photo above gives me ideas for my vintage Moroccan wedding quilt that is currently folded on my sofa… It really looks beautiful on a floor, doesn’t it?

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

Lace and neon is a great way to freshen up something seemingly old-fashioned with a little ‘edge’ appeal. I love the gift wrapping feature in this issue, lots of pretty ideas and color palettes.

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

I don’t know if the random purple fringe on the far left of that rug was an accidental soda spill or intentionally dyed to add some personality, but either way the result is great – I love it! This is something I find about British design that always makes me smile – a sense of humor and slight wrongness where you stop and say, “Wait, that shouldn’t be there… or should it?”. Even rooms that appear a bit serious seem to incorporate slight bits of quirk in England, at least from my outsider observations…

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

I like this idea because you can also use a found branch if you don’t have a fancy one like this. Aren’t all of these ornaments pretty? I have the reindeer, he is from Anthropologie and I know that because my friend Joanna just gave him to me. :) You can make some of these ornaments yourself – paint some found acorns white and leave the caps natural, then string them to hang or buy vintage door keys at a tag sale and paint them a chalky matte white to make them look almost like ceramic keys.

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

I like the wooden cabinet above as well, the knotty wood adds character and warmth. It is also a great contrast to the all-white floors. The quilt is cozy and charming and wow, what a gorgeous fireplace – what is up with English homes anyway, do they all come with amazingly aweseome fireplaces or?!?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into Heart Home’s latest issue – it will be live on their website very soon today so keep clicking by their page until you spot it – there is a patio set on the cover with a huge wreath above it, you can’t miss it!

(photography: Oliver Gordon, Sarah Hogan, Andrew Boyd and Jeska Hearne)


  • Reply Kath Wright December 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Glad you appreciate the quintessentially English sense of style.

    At first I thought some of these rooms looked a little kitschy, but they’re quoting some very interesting design ideas with some degree of wit.

    Where what I would call “true kitsch” ends up grating on your nerves, I find myself warming to these rooms the more I look at them…

    Excellent post, love your writing style!


  • Reply Lauren December 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    This was such an inspiring post! I think that bedroom is gorgeous with the wonky drawers in the dresser. I love all the bright white walls (my husband will *kill* me if I say I want to paint…again, and I lovelovelove the ornament branch. love

  • Reply Carole December 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks Holly for such a lovely post. We’re really glad you like it. Makes all the hard work worth it to see posts like this.
    Lots of love,

  • Reply Lucia December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Lovely magazine, if that is British style I would say I love it! Great issue!

  • Reply Sanja December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I am obsessed with meanings of numbers :) My boy lives on no. 22, we met on the 22nd and I’m getting us that number for our 1st apartment. Sweet coincidences :)

  • Reply Kate December 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for another inspiring post Holly…I hopped straight over to Heart Home magazine and spent a lovely hour or so reading the lovely Christmas issue and ended up on a little virtual journey popping in to read Sania Pell’s blog and ending up in the original pop up shop to buy some tiny white felt acorns for my tree! It is amazing what you can do from the comfort of your sofa with a little baby snuggled up asleep on your lap! Thank you for starting me off on a lovely journey this afternoon x

  • Reply Amanda (Dear Frances) December 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My heart aches for that bedroom in the first photo – I would shamelessly copy every element. My definition of a perfect bedroom! And I just LOVE the simple and personal mantle vignette. Thanks for the nudge over to Heart Home.

  • Reply maureen December 9, 2011 at 2:30 am

    so much inspiration! and yes…I often wonder what the stories are behind unique finds & curiosities in a home!

  • Reply Anja December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    what an enrichment for the interior mag scene!
    I want to move right into the apartment.
    Thanks for letting us know.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente December 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Sigh…..that first image just makes my heart sing. I love it so much, so lovely & so cosy. Actually all of the images speak to me and I love the branch with the little ornaments. So sweet….It all is perfect for this time of year and makes me very inspired.

  • Reply amy December 12, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I do believe, your observations in regards to the British home decor are spot-on. Somehow the asymmetrical, the random and varied color scheme, and the eclectic furniture pairings always seem to pull together in the lovliest of manner. Without a doubt, I think their true quirk and genius lies in the details. I’ve tried many times to replicate their style…but I think my need for minimalism does me in.

  • Reply Becky! December 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    rugs! white walls! space! high ceilings!

  • Reply Sarah @ Natural History December 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Thank you so much for showing the photos of my house – it was great fun doing the Heart Home shoot.

    The purple mark on the rug is wool woven into the base of the rug & only shows at the fringes – I presume it’s a maker’s mark of some king. We got the rug in Marrakech, but it’s from the Atlas mountains – here’s the post from my old blog about the two rugs when I got them first –

  • Reply Lizzie December 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for showing us this lovely magazine, Im going to read it now! Great images!

  • Reply Gwen December 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I love these images! I have to admit, when I saw that corner nook in the living room, I had to double-check that this wasn’t the same space (restyled) that was featured on the cover of “Decorate”. Both spaces resonated with me…clearly I need a fireplace with a corner nook & a cozy chair in my next home!

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