5 styling hacks to fall in love with this Christmas 

1.Adding warmth and light with candles 

Candles are a classic way to add a joyous mood to your home, they provide a natural glow when other lights are dimmed. I especially love a large group of 15 or so white pillar candles in various heights, massed together on a large metallic base in the centre of the dining table. An alternative to large candles are taller candlesticks with a brushed brass or gold finished base. These look stunning dotted in amongst flora and fauna on a long dining setting.

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While you should keep candles scent-free when eating, Christmas-specific versions really help with the festive ambience around the rest of the home. Particularly the hallway so guests will be greeted with a blend of botanicals or sweet-smelling aroma.


2.Add pantry staples for table top decor accents 

For natural earth or scandi style homes with lots of natural materials use chestnuts and star anise in wooden bowls for decor that complements your home. 

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Make the most of a dark stone table tops, inky indigo hues and luxe metallic lighting and tableware with the placement of large figs or bright berries in a metallic copper or gold bowl. Dried oranges or dark green herbs add the most beautiful of contrasts for bright whites and stonewashed grey colour schemes. 

3.Forage for foliage 

Berries, birch and branches are in abundance at this time of year as well as evergreen foliage, all of which can really help to bring the outside in. When out and about I always discover something beautiful to make bespoke table settings. 

Simply snip a few sprigs and branches up and arrange them in a mini bouquet and tie with a ribbon. Shrubs such as fir, rosemary and holly are also ideal and extremely Christmassy.

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4.Fabulous fabrics 

Often it’s tricky to find a table cloth the right size or colour for your dining table. I much prefer selecting a shimmering fabric or luxurious linen for this time of year. Not only does it dress your table setting but it will also protect it from food and drink spills.

Cotton, Wool, Silk and Linen are all natural fibred fabrics perfect for tables. You can opt to place them over the whole table, fold and use as a centrepiece table runner and even use off-cuts as co-ordinating napkins. 

5.Giftwrap essentials

Ever got to to wrapping your present and realised you’ve cut too little paper? Yep me too. This year measure how much paper you need by using a piece of ribbon. Wrap it around the gift and then use the length of ribbon to measure the paper. Easy peasy.

Each year I try to plan a wrapping style so they look good under the tree. This year I’ll be using luxe paper with threaded flowers and sprigs on copper wire.

Have fun lifting some tips and wishing you a wonderful Christmas

Donna-Carley x

Donna Baldwin