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Christmas table settings

On November 17th, 2014 by .

It’s time to clamber into the loft to blow the dust off last years decorations, or perhaps this year, treat yourself to some new ones?  And if it’s inspiration you are after then feast your eyes on these beautiful Christmas table settings, you will be hard pushed to distinguish between high-end and high street…

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For a simple and modern look, combine an ice white tablecloth with pretty cream and green flowers.  Make the eye travel along the table with a festive ivy centerpiece: Luxe Christmas by Occa-Home

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This Modern Country scheme uses earthy coloured linens with slate grey chinaware and pale wooden candelabras.  Add extra Christmas sparkle with little copper votives. Image: Chic Christmas by  Occa-Home

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Dress your table with colour of the moment ‘blue’, keep the look contemporary by accessorising with a mix of glass and silver decorations, finish off with tall silver candelabras for height and drama. Table setting by Sainsbury’s.

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For a more vintage feel, combine distressed wood with pretty patterned ceramics, use glistening gold for the decorative pieces.  Setting by Amara

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Create a Luxe look with ‘on trend’ metals including brass, silver and copper. Create tall and interesting displays by using decorative bell domes and festive filled cake stands.  Table setting: Marks and Spencer

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Simply Scandi; this ever popular look combines classic red and white hues teamed with rustic touches such as wooden candle holders, pine cones and woodland decorations. Table setting: Sainsbury’s

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Highland Fling, a homely trend using tartan style textiles and decorations with green garden foliage. Compliment the set-up with pale grey pottery, table by Marks and Spencer

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Hydrangeas are the perfect ccenterpiece for a grand table setting, use the flower colours for the baubles, table by Marks and Spencer

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Dark and dramatic, perfect for a festive feast. Add sparkle to the rich tablecloth with crackle glaze candle holders and crystal wine glasses,  decorate the long table with eucalyptus to bring the look alive.  Table setting by BHS

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White tableware teamed with a faded linen textiles, oozes sophistication, perfect for a grown-up Christmas feast.Table by Debenhams

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Stick to silver and white for an elegant setting, the trick is to add an abundance of candles for a warm Christmas glow. Table setting by Marks and Spencer

Handmade Christmas wreaths

On November 10th, 2014 by .

If like me, you have a passion for all things handmade then you will love these handmade Christmas wreaths.  Made by the talented Paula, from Paula Beades Bespoke, each wreath is lovingly decorated with individual pieces ranging from buttons, lace, trimmings and beads.  If you are interested in Paula’s wreaths, email her directly for prices and commissions: paulabeades@yahoo.co.uk

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Original Art under £100

On October 4th, 2014 by .

Whilst scouting for affordable artwork to use on an ITV home makeover show (airing in January 2015) I found this fantastic new art website; Original Art Under £100.  The site was created by husband and wife team, Mary Sheridan and Bob Barber from Hertfordshire, in a bid to make original art accessible to everyone, rather than just the privileged few.  As the site’s name suggests, Original Art Under £100 only exhibits original works at prices under £100, and after just 18 months, it has attracted over 80 artists, exhibiting over 700 works; take a look at some examples of art below:

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But what about the quality of the art at this price point? Can you really pick up good original, signed works for under £100? Generally speaking, we found the quality of the art to be pretty good. As you might expect, since everything’s priced under £100, you may have to do a little bit of digging to get to something you really like – but the site is very user friendly and with 700 odd pieces available, there’s certainly no shortage of choice.

Member artists manage to keep their prices so low, because unlike other original art sites (which typically take between 30 & 50% of the sale price), here there’s no commission on sales. Instead artists sell direct to the buyers and pay a small annual fee to exhibit their work. If a customer sees a painting they like, they simply click to contact the artist directly, who emails them back with payment/delivery details.

So if you’re looking for truly affordable original art, hop over to their site and take a look.

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