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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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How to: Make Christmas gift tags

On December 9th, 2013 by .

If you are feeling a bit ‘crafty’ over the festive period and would like to know how to make Christmas gift tags, read on for a few ideas.  My first suggestions are silver birch stars, the birch can be bought relatively cheaply as a pack of square sheets and are easy to cut.  Don’t worry about them being perfect shapes as this just adds to their individuality; you can see from the image below that mine are far from perfect! You can either hole-punch one of the points and thread some twine through or simply tuck them into presents as we have below.  They really do look as pretty as a picture if they are used with newspaper or white wrap.

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Now, I know that fresh flowers will not survive for very long once they have been cut and tied onto a present, so the idea below would be a very special Christmas gift tag that you would present soon after it had been made, and not left under the tree for a few days, the effect is instant and stunning.  Think about the colour of the flower and whether it compliments the wrap and string.  I have chosen purple as it sits beautifully with the slate tag and grey newspaper print.  Green foliage also looks great with newspaper but thick cream paper would work just as well (foliage also lasts a little longer than flower stems).  Another tip is to use a sprigs of Rosemary, it looks really stylish and will of course leave a beautiful scent on the present (just don’t over do it, one sprig is enough).

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The classic pine cone - you can’t go wrong!  You have several options of attaching it, either a glue gun or if you don’t have one of these then just wrap some very thin garden wire around the base and then around the twine, make sure you twist the ends to avoid any sharp points. The cone looks even prettier if you spray it white first…

Pine cone gift tag by Pippa Jameson InteriorsPhotography credits. Top two images Jemma Watts, all Christmas gift tags Pippa Jameson