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A Memorable And Magical Christmas Table

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At Christmas time, there is always a real focus on food and drink and the dinner table is at the heart of everything, as it’s where everyone meets to talk and reminisce. Here at Style My Home, based in Tunbridge Wells, we think the times spent at the dinner table should live long in the memories of your guests, your friends and family. One great way of doing this is to create a stylish table, one that will become a real talking point and one that your guests will remember as they think back to a Christmas time spent with their loved ones.

There are so many things that you can do to show off your styling skills so that you create something magical to really impress your guests. Style My Home brings you our ideas ranging from colour schemes, place settings, centrepieces and table decorations and we hope that our festive ideas will inspire you to add these special touches to your Christmas feasts.

Picking A Theme And A Colour

Your table style is down to planning, and a good place to start is to select a colour scheme and a theme. You could go for the traditional colours of Christmas, red and green or opt for sparkling gold or shimmering silver to add glamour and glitz. Or you might choose to create a wintery scene with Santa, reindeer, snow, glistening trees and candles.

  • Traditional colour palette
  • Glamour and glitz
  • Cool wintery colours
  • Rustic and country setting
  • Nordic charm
  • Simple and elegant

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Tablecloths and Runners

The starting point will have to be the table covering. Many people don’t normally put a tablecloth or runner on their table but Christmas should be an exception. Again what you pick is down to your creativity and ‘simple’ can be the perfect base, so why not choose a white tablecloth, which will add a touch of sophistication and will be the perfect background to your designs including cutlery, place settings and glasses. Tartan patterns are always popular at Christmas, or perhaps you could choose a cloth decorated with Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer and festive decorations and presents. You may however be very proud of your dining table and might not want to cover it up, so adding a runner adorned with greenery and floral designs will be enough.

Layering Is The Key To A Stylish And Professional Finish

The next step is to consider placemats, charger plates and your crockery and cutlery. White china also looks good and can really come to life with those festive touches and of course you can bring out the crockery with festive designs, as it’s bound to be a real talking point. Here the key is layering.

Consider All Of the Elements

  • Candles
  • Garlands
  • Berries, mandarins and cloves
  • Bows and ribbons
  • Festive scene

Why not bring the fragrance of pine forests to your table? Decorating your table with fresh greenery and placing a few candles with your favourite Christmas aromas amidst the foliage can achieve this. Introduce spruce, pine, red berries, blue thistles and orange segments. And don’t forget, you can use hanging greenery decorated with bows and ribbons for effect.

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Napkins

Napkins should not be forgotten and a simple idea is to tie with festive ribbons so that they resemble gift boxes or you could use Christmas themed napkin rings such as rustic pinecones or you could make your own from Christmas paper cut into tree shapes. And avoid that dilemma of where everyone is going to sit by introducing placecards.

 

Centrepieces

Centrepieces are the real focal point and glass bowls, vases, ceramic dishes, wooden boxes and plates can be used to eyecatching effect. Fill with clementines, sprigs of pine, holly, rosy apples and candles or introduce a tub filled with small Christmas trees. A simple and very effective idea is to choose your favourite flowers for this time of the year and place the vase on a tray with candles and fir cones.

And don’t forget the crackers!

What To Do Next

We hope you have enjoyed our tips on transforming your Christmas table. We are leading interior designers in Tunbridge Wells and Kent and If you would like help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have designed many dining spaces for our clients.

 

 

 

Welcoming Autumn Into Your Home

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The nights are beginning to draw in, temperatures are dropping and autumn is here. It’s a season that never disappoints in terms of the colours that Mother Nature delivers including dazzling golds, vibrant yellows, rich oranges, deep reds, gleaming bronzes and lustrous copper tones. It truly is a magical time of year, a time when we want to be warm and cosy in our homes, snuggling up on the sofa in front of a crackling fire or scrunched up under the duvet sipping cocoa. Autumn signals warm fluffy slippers, crunchy leaves, large coats, hats and scarves.

Autumn gives us the opportunity to make all the rooms of our homes feel that little bit cosier, a place where we can relax and unwind and also welcome our friends and family. In this article, Style My Home looks at ways of bringing autumn into your home.

Accessorise To Transform Your House From Summer To Autumn

Just by adding a few accessories, you can make a quick transformation from summer to autumn.

  • Statement throws and blankets
  • Rugs on hardwood floors and tiles
  • Fragrances with autumnal hues
  • Scented candles
  • Accessories including cushions and pillows
  • Create mood lighting with lamps
  • Look to add a fire or woodburner and display logs boldly
  • Update colour schemes to create more warmth with deeper paint colours
  • Add a feature wall

Woody Earthy Tones And Sweet Floral and Berry Fragrances

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Rugs will bring instant cosiness and textures and keep your feet warm at the same time and elegant throw rugs will add a touch of sophistication. Introduce a touch of panache by draping throws over the arms of chairs and sofas. Autumn fragrances range from woody, earthy tones to sweet floral and berry notes, so choose your favourite scents to fill your home with beautiful aromas and display candles in groups for more effect. Bring the outside inside with botanical cushions and autumn-inspired wallpapers. As we lose light, it’s important to create light, so add an extra lamp or two. And, if you’re feeling really bold, change your colour schemes and fabrics to autumn shades.

Autumn Rooms

  • Spruce up your front door and porch
  • Create space for wellies, coats, scarves and gloves
  • Design an autumnal dining table
  • Make your bedroom cosy

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Porches, Halls and Boot Rooms

Paint your front door a cheerful and bright colour, stack logs in the porch, have a thick doormat and a wreath of autumnal colours to make an instant impact and show a warm welcome. Place a boot rack outside for dirty and muddy boots and create a space in the hallway for wellies, have hooks for warm coats and macs and a basket for scarfs, hats and gloves.

Table Settings, Flowers, Twigs And Branches

Change your table settings to reflect autumn by choosing a richer colour palette, add rattan place mats and earthy toned napkins. Bring in autumn flowers including chrysanthemums, gladioli and roses and collect twigs, berries and gnarled branches to add character and texture.

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What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need help to bring autumn into your home, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create rooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

 

 

Christmas Styling: Scandinavian-inspired & Hygge

For a festive look that’s all about simplicity, light and stylish, go for a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas style. Decorate your home with white baubles, grey toned woods, fresh green foliage and light textures like faux furs and cosy knits.

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Get the look from:

The White Company – for knitted throws, faux fur cushions &

Cox and Cox – for wooden and white glass baubles, and white ceramic accessories

 

Paint Palette: Rose Quartz

2016’s hottest (and most anticipated) colour is a more sophisticated take on a classic. With Pantone’s 2016 Colour of the Year being announced as Rose Quartz, we could be welcoming a new, unexpected, must-have neutral in the form of pink. With a chalky and subtle vibe, Rose Quartz makes a perfect backdrop for contrasting statement furniture and artwork. Farrow + Ball’s offering, Peignoir, adds a big dose of pink to the ‘new magnolia’ that is grey, creating a colour which has the capacity to feel both modern and traditional at the same time.

Style with warm metallics – both copper and brass add a touch of modernity to chalky and feminine shade of Rose Quartz, but only choose one metallic to include in your scheme. Here are our favourite copper picks available on the high street at the moment:

Find the products here:

Bolu Pendant Shade, John Lewis

Classic Telephone, Wild & Wolf

Croft Collection Copper Pot, John Lewis

Tall Storage Unit, Oliver Bonas

Orrico Side Tables, Habitat

Inspiration for Spring 2015

Spring is upon us and once again it’s the time of year for the interior design trade to fling open their showroom doors and display their wonderful new colours and products for the season.

Chelsea Harbour launched their Design Week  this month inviting designers to come and see their  exciting  new colours, fabrics and products…….truly inspirational for designers working with clients to introduce the new products to their homes and places of work.  

Colours for this year range from  soft tones of pinks and coppers, Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster and Pink Ground & Dulux Copper Blush, to the favourites tones of greys from Farrow and Ball Dimpse and Lamp Room Grey.  Natural materials such as wood, leaf prints, butterflies, are still evident in many products to work well with these colours and there are  many monochrome designs in wallpapers, fabrics and accessories which can give an immediate statement and  update to any room.

There is also a great range of vibrant prints and weaves using reds, yellows, blues and bright geometrics .

Copper lighting, wallpaper and fabrics can play an important part giving rich textures  and creating extra dimension and reflection to an interior.  

Spring is a great time where light is more plentiful in  our homes and can look at our interiors to capture those longer days. The old idea of a Spring Clean is not only cleansing but can really make you identify with your home and re-assess how you want to live. Cleaning and clearing  can be a very positive  process for your well -being and the running of your home. Re designing rooms or re allocating space in your home is often useful and can offer extra space for the family.  Larger projects like extending can also offer a reason to redecorate and add another room to your home.

As William Morris famously said ‘Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful  or believe to be beautiful’

If the answer is that you have, then maybe you need some help to make your home work better for you and your family.

Style My Home are happy to come and look at your home to discuss how you can make a start.

 

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Screen printed Christmas Tree – a novel idea

If the ‘C’ word is frankly the last thing you need right now, but you feel compelled to go through the motions, how about some ‘off the wall’ inspiration?  A wallpaper tree!

Forget any hint of a real or fake tree inside the house and opt for an environmentally-friendly wallpaper tree. These special edition Trees for Life wall paper sheets are silk screen printed by hand, using paper stencils, so each is unique.  Why not paste the tree to a board, add some pretty ribbon to hang it on the wall, cup hooks and real baubles?

No more messy pine needles and if space is at a premium you really don’t have to compromise. 84cm wide and 200 cm long.  Not Just for Christmas by Deborah Bowness is now available to buy at £295 per panel.

http://www.deborahbowness.com/shop/us/special-editions/christmas-tree-1