This Month

Is it me or has 2018 disappeared before our eyes in a flash? It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that I was pulling on my winter coat and battling the dark mornings, but here we are again.

The end of the year often marks a special milestone. What have we achieved in the last 12 months, what life events have happened, and, in the world of home renovations, have we completed what we set out to?

Christmas is often the date by which a new kitchen, bathroom, or redecoration project should be finished. It’s an elusive time when those renovating push towards completing the last few details in order to have everything ready to welcome friends and family. I even find that home design decisions are frequently based around Christmas, too: the new oven should be big enough for the turkey, the dining table to seat at least 10, or the layout of the open-plan downstairs needs to suit not only daily life but catering for the masses as well.

With entertaining in mind, this issue there’s advice and inspiration from homeowners who have created spaces for just that. Cover stars Luise and Ben Brown’s cool home – a former pump house – is perfect for parties and comes complete with DJ decks. Or David Vickery and John Wetherill’s kitchen, which is a stylish hub for dinner parties and quiet Sunday brunches alike. If you’re planning your own project and hope that, by the end of 2019, you’ll be hosting your own dinner, see our guide on creating a broken-plan living area. Plus, look out for our ideas for guest bedroom designs that also work for you all year round. And if you’re on track to finish your project, share the results with us @kbbmagazine.

The December issue is out now.

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