Giving your home a Christmas makeover means more than decking the halls and putting up the tree – it’s about creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a touch of festive sparkle.
This year, Christmas dining has a much more grown-up feel and it’s all about decadence, classic style and good old-fashioned glamour. There’s a real revival of nostalgic pieces, inspired by The Great Gatsby and the iconic era of the 1920s, to make the day a more traditional affair.
Layering gold, silver or white tableware with a dinner set featuring a subtle pattern or design creates a pretty and polished look which is perfect for Christmas lunch.
Pieces from the Sariska range available at Barker and Stonehouse are made from glass and have a speckled silver finish for a timeless elegance that is stylish now and will be for years to come.
Creating ambience with lighting is also important to build a warm Christmas atmosphere.
Candlelight is particularly perfect for a soft, mellow mood and offers a respite from harsh lights. Place cream or white candles inside glass lanterns, like the Light Storm Lantern range, to bring a little bit of glamour to entertaining and to act as a focal point for stylish table settings.
Now you’ve set the scene, it’s time to add some sparkle.
Sometimes there is a tendency to go over the top, but a little bit of glitter can go a long way, so keep it chic by sticking to an elegant colour palette and one or two standout pieces.
Place sequinned cushions like the Aquilla from Barker and Stonehouse on every chair around the dining table for a touch of sophisticated style and let each guest take one home for an extra special Christmas treat.
Prepare your living room for a little relaxation after dinner by lighting a fire and placing candles and accessories on the mantelpiece. Then it’s time to while away the hours on your favourite furniture with a glass of eggnog or mulled wine.
This winter it’s all about pieces that are wonderfully woolly. Wool is one of the most practical and versatile materials available, and this season you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking to create a woolen wonderland in your home.
Barker and Stonehouse has the new Harris Tweed collection – a quality range of super-stylish, exceptionally comfortable sofas, stools and chairs made from pure virgin 100% wool.
Made in the UK this hard-wearing range has been tested over 50,000 rubs to ensure it lasts a lifetime and typifies just what makes Britain great – that wonderful sense of tradition, quality and heritage.
Finally, a wreath on your front door will immediately welcome people into your home. You can usually buy a traditional wreath from a farmers market or florist, or make your own using ‘found items’ such as holly, mistletoe and pine cones.
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