Once the nights start to draw in, the autumn air and low light seem to influence my colour choices, and so I find I increasingly turn towards cool neutrals when decorating. Nordic House capture the essence of Scandinvian style with their carefully chosen homewares; their new Autumn/Winter collection is filled with thoughtful, sometimes quirky pieces that you won’t see everywhere else. Lanterns range from grey-toned wooden (where you’d expect metal) and oversized (where you’d assume small) glass-faceted hurricanes; textiles are super soft in both tone and to the touch, whether fluffy lambswool or shimmering velvet; whilst decorative details are intricate: these wooden panels (there are three to choose from) will turn any wall into a work of art:
… and it wouldn’t be winter without a splash of red, that most Scandinavian of bright shades. These and their extensive (shh) Christmas accessories are all online now, so do take a peek and let me know which you’ve loved best….
This beautiful frosty morning here, with clear skies and icy air, has prompted me to indulge in my fondness for silver and worn, but delicate metals.
I took these images not even first thing – around 7.45am I guess – but the light was amazing. They aren’t altered: just as nature intended.
Two inspirational companies, Northumberland’s RE and Denmark’s House Doctor, have decorations that successfully mix this year’s key trends of vintage / industrial / recycled and still keep the look pretty enough for most interiors.
From the top: Bells from RE, candles from House Doctor, decs from House Doctor; jewelled crosses, metal crosses and mix of decs, all from RE.
I expect I’m not alone in mixing and matching tables for Christmas Day (does anyone own a huge dining table anymore?). This year I’ll be working an informal combination of my garden table, set alongside my kitchen table (!)…. so we can attempt to all eat together.
To be honest, that’s as far as my thinking about table settings had got, till news of this limited edition Farrow & Ball runner arrived.
Modelled on their Ringwold design in sohpisticated silvery hues, and made from wallpaper, it’s a perfect way to make Christmas tables look elegant, festive and decorative, without having to invest in a new tablecloth. And at generous 5 metres long, there might even be some left over to use as wrapping paper.