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From sumptuous table linens to handmade garlands, there are plenty of creative ways to pack a festive punch at home. All it takes is a little forward planning and a sprinkling of imagination.
SET THE SCENE
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At this time of year, it’s the welcoming details that make all the difference. Nothing beats the warm glow of candlelight – try adding large hurricane lamps either side of your front door and switch up the look by using coloured pillar candles. Go for impact with a richly decorated wreath. We love florist Philippa Craddock’s DIY Christmas kit, £45, where you’ll find everything you need to make your own chic wreath, including seasonal foliage, natural twine, peacock feathers, velvet ribbon and a handy step-by-step guide. Forage in the garden too for twigs, branches and berries to create rustic windowsill arrangements. When it comes to cards and labels, go bespoke for a truly personal touch. Fraser and Parsley’s gold foiled printed gift tags, £7.50, can be personalised, while Cellandia creates beautiful Christmas cards using an inspiring mix of photography and design, each telling a unique story, £60 for 36 cards.
THE MAIN EVENT
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Spotlight various areas of your home to create a style statement. The dining table is an obvious place to lavish plenty of festive cheer, from rich linens and delicate ceramics to sparkling glassware and seasonal embellishments. For understated chic, try Summerill and Bishop’s Falling Stars Linen Napkins, £30 each, also available in a bold inky blue for a more dramatic tablescape. Toast the season with Rowen & Wren’s elegant Isla Fluted Champagne Coupes, £34 for two. John Lewis’ contemporary Punch Bowl Set, £85, is ideal for serving warming mulled wine and decadent crackers from Fortnum & Mason, from £18 for six, will help lunch go with a bang.
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ALL IN THE DETAIL
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Pay attention to the small details, including dressing mantelpieces, adding foliage throughout your scheme and adorning rooms with plenty of twinkling lights. Cheat the look by mixing faux and real elements. ‘I mix both for an effortless look,’ says Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company. ‘You can find some amazing faux finishes for trees, wreaths and garlands and if you mix these with great fairy lights, lots of candles and a few real flowers and greenery closer to Christmas Eve, it’s a real timesaver.’
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Stud mantels and table centres with delicate lights, such as the Starry Birch and Copper Light String, £20, from Cox & Cox, for a warming glow and to finish off the look, build up a collection of baubles and accessories that will stand the test of time – Petersham Nurseries’ Zinc Fairies, £20, are a beautifully nostalgic addition.
Article written by Emma J Page