A Tropical Sunset Supper

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Tropical prints and lush botanicals are very much on trend at present, but rather than sticking to the odd decorative touch, I went all out with this colourful sunset supper. Now all we need is the weather to match!

Bookmark this playful tablescape for the next sunny weekend – whether you dine indoors or in the garden, it will get everyone into the party spirit. I took inspiration from the saturated colours of the jungle: hot pinks, delicious orange hues, vivid yellows and refreshing greens. Patterned cushion covers were fashioned into an informal table runner, and fresh tropical fruit and flowers were made into centrepieces. This is not an occasion for white linens and clear glassware! Colour, colour everywhere! Read on for more ideas, and scroll to the bottom for shopping tips. Continue reading

‘Tis the Season: Salt-Snow and Succulents!

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Today’s tablescape is thoroughly festive, but it’s also refreshingly unconventional. Sparkling salt crystals, Cactus Christmas ‘trees’ and cotton snowballs, anyone? Oh, and don’t forget the velvet stag!

I love decorating for Christmas, but this year I wanted to step away from my usual favourites: Golds, jewel tones, and earthy, woodland themes. I went to Columbia Road Flower Market for inspiration, and found plenty of it! There were large trays of cute little cacti – twenty pots of them – selling for just ten pounds: Perfect!  I also bought a few larger potted succulents, and several bunches of cotton…which got me thinking about snow. Several containers of table salt and glass animal baubles later, and this tablescape came to life. Read on for my tips for making your own display. Continue reading

Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Good Things!

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow! As a Londoner, I’ll happily take any opportunity to gather my nearest and dearest for dinner!

Having lived in the US, I’ve come to really love Thanksgiving food and traditions. However, this post is not about recipes; if you want to cook the perfect turkey or pecan pie you’ll have to look elsewhere (and then come back and tell me! I’d love to hear your recipes). Instead, this post is about creating a cosy Thanksgiving ambience and a bountiful tablescape in your dining room: I was inspired by the idea of a Cornucopia, ‘a symbol of abundance and nourishment… overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts.’ I took this idea and ran with it.  Continue reading

Six Ways to Lay A Table: Playing & Styling with Paper.

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This week we raided the Roger la Borde gift wrap shelf to make some beautiful DIY tablescapes, showing that you don’t need fancy linens to make a statement!

In every shot we used the same basic crockery and glassware, and used a rustic wooden table as a backdrop – no tablecloths or runners. Instead, we used plenty of paper to create cut-out placemats, napkin rings, origami flowers and collage birds. Together with some fresh flowers and foliage (snipped from our back garden) we created six looks: Fresh Foliage, Romantic Roses, Moody Stripes, Dramatic Nature, playful geometrics, and Spring Pastels. Read on for lots of pictures and tips. Continue reading

50 Shades of Pink: A Valentine’s Day Fireside Picnic.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to paint the town (pink and) red, but I thought it would be fun to stay home this year – I think you’ll agree that a fireside picnic is a wonderful alternative to going out. Your indoor picnic can be as informal or as romantic as you wish, and you can set the ‘table’ for two…or you can invite all your friends instead. The best thing is that you don’t need a fireplace to create a cozy atmosphere in your living room. I’ve got plenty of simple tips for creating a gorgeous display and a delicious feast,  so read on! Recipes and shopping links are provided at the bottom. Continue reading

A Jewel Toned Festive Spread

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Christmas day is nearly here! I’m guessing that many of us are still hurrying about, making final (or not so final) preparations for the big day. Today’s post is for anyone looking for a simple and easy way to make Christmas dinner feel gorgeous and special – in other words, all of us!  I’ve got lots of tips for creating your own dramatic and luxurious tablescape using jewel tones and golden elements. Continue reading

Shiny Rugs and Christmas Dinners: A Gleaming Festive Feast.

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First things first: This post was inspired by a rug.

In particular, a white and silver cowhide rug from my living room floor. It caught my eye while I was laying a table for a pre-Christmas dinner, and I immediately took everything off the table and started again with the rug as the tablecloth. (Why not? Give it a good Hoover and a spritz if you feel it’s too mucky!) The richness of the rug gave me visions of a medieval feast, so I piled on logs, greenery, candles and shimmering metallic elements until the tablescape was transformed into a regal festive scene. Don’t let this frighten you – it’s surprisingly easy to recreate (with or without a cowhide rug). Continue reading