The Cambridge dictionary describes tablescapes as “the arrangement of items on a table that produces an attractive and decorative effect, often with matching plates, bowls and items such as napkins, flowers and candles”. Tablescapes involve creativity and a sense of celebration.
Inspire your own festive tablescapes with a selection of The House Directory‘s members…
For a more sophisticated take on Christmas, ANTA Creative Director, Stella Stewart, has curated a special tablescape worthy of any festive dinner party. The arrangement uses a mix of ANTA stoneware collections, including Isobel Anderson, Harebell, Canary and Partridge and features their limited-edition Highland Deer Plate, designed by ANTA artist in residence Celia Wood.
The new Ando collection from Birdie Fortescue boasts an array of deep carmine reds and forest greens that are particularly fitting for the festive season. Dress your Christmas table with Shashiko Embroidered Placemats and coordinating Napkins in Russet Red, Trail fresh eucalyptus down the centre and finish with an abundance of Bobbin Wooden Candlesticks for a truly special and memorable festive feast.
Dani Neville Design works on projects throughout the UK and abroad reflecting clients’ individuality and delivering interiors that are bespoke and authentic down to the details. Monogrammed table linen for lunch settings on a yacht, a house in the Caribbean with hand-painted blue plates, table settings for a holiday home in Southwest England and a Christmas table setting on a bespoke Rupert Bevan table all feature in Dani Nevill Design’s repertoire.
“This Christmas, at Borough Kitchen we set our table with John Julian Impressed Line tableware and Cutipol Ebony cutlery, which are just as suitable for daily use as they are for special occasions. To add a festive spin, we incorporated green and red accents in the form of Berlozzi Italian linen napkins, Gone Rural placemats and coasters, Zwiesel water glasses and Lyngby tea lights. Since the table is designed to complement a joyful, beautifully cooked feast, we made sure to bring out our favourite oven-to-table pieces: Mauviel roasters, Staub cocottes and large end-grain carving boards.”
For the Design Festival 2017, the vintage emporium Talisman, formerly on New King’s Road, hosted an exhibition called ‘Designed at Talisman”. Eight leading interior and fashion designers, florists, artists and influencers contributed to the exhibition, including interior designers Carden Cunietti, creators of the opulent dining room featured here.
Interior designer Rima Tatjana Interiors offers a commissioning service called Uniquely Tatjana designing, for example, custom made joinery, wall effects, leather flooring and undertaking home styling. In a feature for interiordesignermagazine.co.uk, Rima describes her passion for tabletop design. “I love to draw on beautiful crockery, etched crystal, embroidered table linen and abundant floral displays to entertain. The table is transformed into a canvas and all the items blend to perfect the look. Inspirations range from a Florentine Palazzo to a collage by Matisse. On one such project, I created an opulent jungle theme; vibrant colours adorn beautiful porcelain, hand-painted safari animals perched on dinner plates, azure evil eye motifs on fine bone china and exotic florals. The beautiful blend of colours and textures brings the theme to life”.
Elegant Fenton bone china with fine metallic detailing lends itself perfectly to a Christmas table. Pair with Hoxton wine glasses, Handsworth cutlery in olive and add Elden snowflake napkins in neutral linen for a pared-back festive look. Entwine seasonal woodland finds like spruce and pine cones, and ivy foraged from the garden, with faux Berry Twig in Antique Gold along an Ava Table Runner in Constable Green linen. Add height with Blyton pillar candles on Hanley Medium Candlesticks and place handwoven Maya rush mats underneath your tableware to tie the scheme together.
We hope our blog has inspired you to create a festive tablescape this holiday season to enhance the fizz and feast. Originality is the key; use colour, beautiful tableware and unique accessories to set the scene. Allow your imagination to run wild and make your table a talking point. Flowers, candles – draw the curtains and celebrate!
Merry Christmas from us all at The House Directory!
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