I love this time of year because I like to do layers, on my person and at home. It’s how you get to create personal palettes of varying weights, colours and textures in which to cosset yourself against winter wind. Also, I’ve been making a bold, and quite unprecedented, foray into colour in my attire of late, so I’m rather revelling in the delights of mixing and mismatching turquoise shirts and pale pink coats. My house is not quite so multi-hued (more a range of pale watery shades throughout), but it is certainly a very textural affair. For example, I was determined to have full-length pale celadon velvet curtains upstairs – hang the expense, hang the practicality! I love them. I even love the way that the sun bleaches their edges. They are luxurious, yet plain and simple. I’ve no idea why people think velvet is a bit fusty; as our shoot on p100 shows [December 2015 edition], it’s eternally contemporary and it also feels wonderful – soft, lustrous and smoothly sumptuous. Perfect for winter. Which also means, yes, the moment has come… it’s time to get prepping for Christmas! Whatever one’s beliefs, you’ve got to admit that darker nights and fairy lights are an undeniably seductive combination. They never fail to cheer me. And to add joy to your heart, we present our definitive Christmas edit: the wrap, wreath, crackers and cards, all sorted, so you’ll have more time to drop hints about your gift list. Happy nearly holidays!