Although the news of vaccines on the horizon has raised hopes for 2021, this Christmas season will undoubtedly be challenging. Time to concentrate on what we are able to do to celebrate the season, whether on our own or with our bubble of family and friends: to focus on the art of Christmas table styling and creating an inviting atmosphere with twinkling lights and candles. In this image, there’s a neutral colour scheme, decorative tableware, elegant cutlery and a striking centrepiece.
Here’s how to get the look.
Pret a Vivre specialise in made-to-measure curtains, bespoke blinds and stock a range of soft furnishing fabrics: cottons, linens, voiles, velvets and Nepal silk taffetas in a spectrum of colours, similar to the under cloth shown in the image above.
Coromandel hand-embroider crewel fabrics: they are members of the Historic Houses Association, suppliers to the National Trust and to trade and retail clients for over 35 years. The Contemporary Collection of crewel fabrics features white embroidery on neutral ground cloth and the Heritage Collection, multi-coloured embroidery in motifs drawn from Elizabethan and Jacobean designs. There are also natural, hand-loomed background fabrics in cream, ecru and slate.
If you are not inclined to make your own tablecloth and prefer a table with colour and pattern, look no further than Penny Morrison for pure cotton tablecloths, decorative hand–painted and hand–glazed tableware and jewel-toned glassware.
For an everlasting faux White Ranunculus and Hop Bunch , visit OKA (£130).
Dress the table with Haas Mojave Dinnerware featuring an intricate motif of pebbles and the endless stars of the desert sky. The charger pictured, in white and gold, is a very special addition to a festive Christmas table. Available from interior designer Oliver Tobias’ shop.
The original ‘one glass for every wine’ is from the Jancis Robinson Collection at Richard Brendon. Designed to offer the best tasting experience for all wines and champagne, port or sherry – it’s the only stemmed glass you will ever need. The set of 6 is ideal for small dinner parties and is available from top kitchenware suppliers, Borough Kitchen.
The finest British sterling silver, silver plate and stainless-steel cutlery in a range of patterns and in contemporary to period styles is from Glazebrook & Co. Pictured, Old English stainless steel cutlery characterised by simple elegance; Glazebrook offer a free sample service and goods can be shipped worldwide.
A wonderful source of gifts, prints, textiles, ceramics, curtain-making and homeware, Tinsmiths’ Star Garland- Origami Kit contains everything you need to make 36 origami stars. There’s a beautiful book of instructions in a patterned keepsake box @£13.50: a gift for the entire family, for generations. (currently sold out, for more homeware and gift ideas click here)
Christmas table styling can be a fulfilling and creative exercise, with a tablecloth handmade from beautiful fabrics, combined with decorative and unique crockery, glassware and silver, and by creating handmade ornaments to engage the generations in the art of styling the perfect table.
We can boost our immune systems by preparing healthy and delicious meals this holiday season. Consume a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Cook with healthy olive or canola oils. Drink lots of water. Include whole grains, fish and poultry in the Christmas menu. Laden the table with fresh nuts and dried fruits. Go for wintry walks; feed the ducks on the pond and contemplate the birds in the sky. Breath in the wintry air. Call an old friend. Listen to music, an audio book or podcast. Take an online class. We hope you thrive this holiday season and wish you all a very happy, productive and healthy Christmas and New Year!
With special thanks and best wishes to the Interior Archive, who have kindly provided the inspirational images for our Christmas blogs.
This is the third of a three-part series. Read the previous blogs here: Natural Christmas Decorations – A Creative Holiday Season and Christmas Decoration Ideas To Give Your Home A Festive Feel.