They say time flies when you’re having fun and it seems like only moments ago we were welcoming in 2013.  Now that it’s drawing to a close it’s time to get organised for that all important New Year’s Eve party, especially if you’re planning on playing host this year.

Whether you’re having a fun get together, or a formal dinner party for your nearest and dearest, it’s important to get your home ready for your guests.

This doesn’t mean you have to do a complete makeover, but a few stylish touches here and there can make all the difference.

Firstly, make sure that the number of visitors isn’t more than the number of seats in your house.  There’s nothing worse than looking for a comfortable space to sit down and finding that the floor is the only available option!

Barker and Stonehouse has the Ercol Original Stacking Chair which is very cleverly designed to – you guessed it – stack vertically.  It’s the ideal chair for when you have extra visitors and when not in use makes a dramatic display when stacked on top of each other.

The chair is a contemporary take on a classic model, first designed by Ercol’s founder in the 1950s, and reflects the company’s heritage and constant design evolution.

Pay attention to neglected spaces like hallways and stairs which are often the first areas people see when they step into your home.  In many instances simply adding a few accessories can really bring an element of sophistication and establish the areas as more than modest thoroughfares.

Place candles and flowers in vases like the Malika Grand Vase from Barker and Stonehouse.  Posies of roses or peonies are a beautiful yet understated way to bring simple spaces to life.

Then it’s time for those celebratory toasts and glasses of champagne.  A beautiful set of flutes will help to make the occasion feel even more special so look for elegant pieces made from high-quality glass.

The Malika Grand Champagne Flutes from Barker and Stonehouse are the epitome of stylish dining and entertaining. A masterpiece of mouth-blown glass, each tall-stemmed flute is adorned with a swirl and adds an air of grandeur to the most prestigious occasions.

Then after the clock has struck 12 and the dancing is done, make sure that the people staying over have somewhere comfortable to sleep.  If you don’t have a spare room then a sofa bed is a great option. 

The Annalisa 2-seater sofa from Barker and Stonehouse easily transforms from a chic, contemporary couch into a double bed and is upholstered in a beautiful range of duck egg fabrics.

With a spring interior mattress and woven damask ticking on a two-fold slatted base, it will help ensure your guests wake up on the right side of the bed to embrace the first day of 2014.

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