Be inspired by a festive 1930s detached home

Take a room-by-room tour around beautiful Ideal Home readers' homes. This week we look inside a Nottinghamshire home dressed for Christmas stunning decorating inspiration. Be inspired by these Christmas decorating ideas.

Property: A four-bedroom detached house, built in 1934, in Nottinghamshire.
Space: Hallway, cloakroom, living room, kitchen-diner, dining room, 4 bedrooms, family bathroom, garden.

1/9 Exterior

exterior with glass window and trees

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

This home has a classic look that's irresistably elegant, but it's the owners love of all things glittering that's made it extra special.

2/9 Festive staircase

wooden staircase and window

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Not many of the original wood features have been left unpainted. The neutral walls are echoed throughout the house.

The paint is from Farrow & Ball.

3/9 Living room

living room with wooden table and cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The owners painted the fire surround cream to ensure the living room had the sophisticated look they were after. The satin cushions add a feminine touch.

The sofa is from John Lewis, and the wall paint is from Farrow & Ball.

4/9 Kitchen

kitchen with corner shelving and table and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

The back door is painted dove grey, which gives the room a hint of elegant French-country style, as does the corner shelving filled with sparkling glassware and old-fashioned jelly moulds that are family heirlooms.

The chairs, seat cushions and cake stand are all from IKEA.

5/9 Christmas dining room

dining room with striking chairs and candlesticks

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

In the dining room, the festive glamour comes from the sparkling glass collection and the striking chairs the owners found at an antiques shop.

The candlesticks, tealight holders, runner, napkins and decorations are all from The White Company.

6/9 Guest bedroom

bedroom with table lamp and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Dark accents are added to the cream guest bedroom. Bedroom furniture has been given a fresh lease of life with a lick of neutral paint to match the walls.

The wall paint is from Leyland, and the bed is from The White Company.

7/9 Home office

home office with desk and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Make your workspace calm with layers of plain neutrals lifted with shots of silver. This simple desk has timeless appeal, while the pictures on the wall add a personal touch.

The desk, cabinets, chair and frames are all from IKEA.

8/9 Bedroom

bedroom with white painted furniture and rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

A mix of white-painted furniture and ornate accessories give the main bedroom a feeling of grandeur.

The throw and rug is from House of Fraser.

9/9 Bathroom

bathroom with wash basin and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

A soothing biscuit-coloured backdrop is lifted by a single etched-glass Art Deco-style mirror. The period detailing continues with the suite.

The mirror is from Laura Ashley.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.