Now that our dining-room makeover is complete, I’m looking forward to styling the table for festive feasts – especially as we’re hosting Christmas this year. (Have I mentioned that before….? As you might have guessed, I’m a little excited!).
Creating a beautiful table is always something I enjoy, and it needn’t be time-consuming or expensive – in fact all you need is a bit of seasonal foliage and lots of flickering candles. To show just how easy it is, here’s a look at how I’m planning to dress my festive table this year.
Today I want to share a simple but striking festive arrangement using a foraged branch and paper decorations – ideal if you need a bit of last-minute Christmas inspiration, or you don’t have much spare time to spend decking the halls.
It was inspired by arrangements created by fellow bloggers Elisabeth Heier and Carla Sofie Molge, and it was incredibly easy to do – I just chopped a nicely shaped section of branch off a tree in the garden, placed it in a glass vase and added some decorations in blush-pink and grey (always one of my favourite colour combinations). I also stood a trio of paper trees on the surface beneath, tucking the hanging strings inside the folds to hide them from view.
We’ve lived in our house for just over four years now, but it’s still far from finished – not least because rather than move onto areas that we haven’t yet touched, I’ve spent the last few months redoing rooms that we’d already decorated! First up was the living room, and now I’m excited to be able to share the results of the next makeover on the list: the dining room.
This room is one of the most frequently used spaces in the house (we don’t have an open-plan kitchen so this is where we eat and where we gather with family and friends) but, as with the living room, I’d never been 100% happy with the way I’d decorated it first time round. You can get a glimpse of what it used to look like and read about my plans in this post, but essentially my aim was to replace the previous bluish-grey scheme with something a little warmer, while keeping the minimalist feel. A lot of the furniture was also beginning to look very scruffy thanks to cat claws and my own clumsiness, and I’d never been keen on the chunky dark-wood table that we bought in hurry when we first moved into the house. So, here’s what I did…
It’s the first day of December, so I reckon it’s Officially OK to start putting up the Christmas decorations. As you’ll probably know from previous posts, I like to keep things minimalist but festive, and wreaths are some of my favourite things to create. I normally have a large one on the front door that’s bursting with wild-looking foliage, plus a few simpler ones dangling from windows, doorways and walls inside.
There’s a vast array of minimalist metal wreaths on the market at the moment – some round, others shaped like stars, and some which incorporate candle or tealight holders. They’re incredibly easy to decorate with sprigs of festive foliage, berries and more, and they provide endless opportunities for getting creative. What’s more, they can be reused again and again, and even adorned with seasonal flowers and leaves at other times of the year (wreaths aren’t just for Christmas, you know!). Here are 12 of my favourites…
This is a paid partnership with Out & Out, but all words and opinions are my own
I love discovering new sources of beautiful homeware and today I want to introduce you to one that has recently popped onto my radar: Out & Out.
Based here in the UK, this independent online store was founded by Daniel Fairburn, a furniture designer who had previously spent eight years working for a Danish manufacturer located in Vietnam, creating pieces for the likes of IKEA, Habitat and BoConcept. After spotting a gap in the market for stylish, ethically sourced and affordable items, he decided to use his skills and experience to launch a company of his own, and Out & Out was born in 2013.
This is a paid partnership with NABO, but all words and opinions are my own
A few months ago I featured the gorgeous London apartment of Christina Thaisen, who’s a firm believer in buying meaningful, long-lasting objects rather than following throwaway trends. It’s an ethos that I share, and today I want to tell you a bit more about NABO, the Danish lifestyle shop which she runs from her home and which is based around the same wonderful principle.
I love Christmas – I always have. I love the sights and sounds, the scent of pine needles and mulled wine, and the chance to spend time with family and friends. And I love that hint of magic which always seems to hang in the air, even when you’re an adult.
But if I’m honest, the last few years have been a little strange. My family and I have tried so hard to recreate the wonderful Christmasses of our past, but dwindling numbers have left the whole thing feeling a bit flat (most of my grandparents are no longer with us, one of my brothers lives in Canada, the other is a doctor who normally has to work, and none of us have any children). And I know plenty of others who’ve had similar issues, either because of changing circumstances or because they’re tired of the pressure and endless to-do lists that the festive season seems to bring.
So, this year we’re taking a simpler approach. Rather than try to do everything and just make ourselves irritated in the process, we’re going to pare things right back and embrace a minimalist, more meaningful Christmas. If you want to do the same, here are a few tips that might help…
It’s never too early to start getting into the festive spirit, and for me glowing candlelight and wonderful, wintery fragrances are essential ingredients. So, I thought I’d put together an updated round-up of the best scented candles for Christmas, including many of my tried-and-tested favourites.
As with my autumn candle post, I’ve divided them into categories so you can pick out the kind of scent that most appeals. There are candles evoking everything from mulled wine and candied fruit to silent, snow-dusted forests, plus a few more unusual options, so I hope everyone will be able to find something to get them into the Christmas mood…
Commercial offices and studios can be great sources of design inspiration, and they’re often brimming with clever ideas that can easily be incorporated into home environments. I’ve spotted three very stylish examples over the last couple of weeks, and I couldn’t resist sharing some photos and a few words about why they caught my eye.
All three are located in Denmark and belong to design brands of one kind or another. They’re very different, but they all demonstrate how interiors can be used to showcase identity and personality, and how good design can have a positive impact on our wellbeing and productivity. Let’s take a look…
A key part of my recent living-room makeover was updating our two sofas, but I knew the budget wouldn’t stretch to brand-new ones. I was also wary of throwing away furniture which was still perfectly useable, albeit a little tired-looking – after all it’s not a very sustainable approach, and getting rid of large items is a huge hassle. So, I was delighted to team up with Swedish company Bemz to show how you can easily and cheaply transform existing sofas – and they’re kindly offering my readers a 20% discount, so just scroll down for details.