HOLIDAYS ARE COMING … HOLIDAYS ARE COMING

I’m really excited to show you a little project I’ve been working on in collaboration with Laura Ashley. We really love Christmas in our household and we always like to me an effort with decorating our home for the festive season. So when Laura Ashley got in touch asking me to get involved with their Christmas campaign, I jumped at the chance and knew exactly what part of our home needed that extra attention this year.

Decorating the table for Christmas dinner is as important as decorating your house, but I for one have always left decorating the dining table until the very last minute, with very little thought. Typically, in years past, the table has been quickly set on Christmas Eve, and consisted of our best china and some crackers thrown in for good measure.

Now, all things considered, gathering together at the dining table to share our Christmas Dinner is one of the most important parts of our Christmas, so why did decorating the dining table seem so unimportant? Well it’s unimportant no longer! To go from one extreme to the other, this year our Christmas table is already set, and I’m looking forward to share our family meal times drowned in festivities. 

My aim with our tablescape has been to create a calming ambiance, to help everyone relax and unwind following the excitement and craziness that comes with three little ones on Christmas morning. The candles and lighting are the key to achieve this. 

I’m always drawn to timeless, traditional colour schemes, especially at Christmas time. I love the reds, greens, golds of a traditional Christmas and I was instantly drawn to the Gold Damask range of tableware at Laura Ashley. I used the Gold Geometric Charger as placemats, popped a cracker on top of each place setting, and wrapped the cutlery in coordinating napkins. The gold tones of the accessories and ornaments work well together, and the Gold Damask Jacquard Runner completes the look perfectly.

The dried hydrangeas have been a centre feature on our dining table since beginning of Autumn, and they’ve dried the perfect colours to stay around for Christmas. I added some artificial snow to the vase to complete the look.

A Christmas tablescape must have is candles. The more the merrier! Find some Christmas inspired candles and you’ve cracked it. The large Christmas tree candles particularly stood out for me, along with the matching miniature tree tea lights. I love the Laura Ashley glass candlesticks and I picked up these advent candles in my local Lakeland to make them extra festive. 

I love lanterns all year round, but they really come into their own at Christmas time, and filling them with string lights, baubles, artificial snow and other decorations instantly makes them Christmassy. 

[This post is in collaboration with Laura Ashley, but as you most probably already know, our home is filled with Laura Ashley goodies and my love for the brand is real!]

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