Christmas, styled by Kate Haynes
With Christmas just a month away (yes, really!) at EHG we love nothing more than jumping into seasonal styling. It is an opportunity to try out new tricks and trends, enjoy our creative flair, and most of all, it gets us into the swing of the festive season!
in keeping with our signature laid back luxury style, we have put together a relaxed but luxurious scandi-chic scene to inspire and give your home and guests that extra wow factor.
we have pulled together beautiful pieces and ideas that encompass our love of working with natural textures and contemporary elements, whilst mixing high-street with high-end, to ensure the look is achievable for all.
This year’s inspiration was taken from the star and a gorgeous Bennison Newberry fabric (used as a tablecloth) which provided the perfect palate of colours with rich, warm tones of gold and blue with a hint of silver, allowing us to work with mixed metallics for an added luxe feel.
Stars are such a traditional element of Christmas styling, but also give a contemporary edge, a perfect Multi-purpose item, they work across table decorations, lighting, fireplaces and sideboards, so are a great way of tying an overall theme together.
Large wooden stars set in key places give a natural texture and a scandi feel, with smaller MORE polished (and sparkly!) accents dropped throughout, plus the silver star fish and palm husks, all work with each other to bring the theme together beautifully.
The Scandi Tree Centrepiece
Christmas affords us all the opportunity to be a little bolder! A statement centrepiece is a wonderful way to make a stylish impact and have a focal point to work your table settings around.
we wanted to show that a natural, minimal and stark looking tree really comes alive when you mix it with different shapes and sparkling jam jar lights.
a top tip from us - if you are trying a starker theme, add a pop of colour and a softer texture by adding in floral accents. we used stunning deep blue and cream hydrangea bunches from Covent Garden flower market, placed in hurricane vases with a few gold fern and pussy willow twigs.
If you buy fake florals you can re-purpose them around your home throughout the year!
stylish place settings are a must for Christmas dining, rather than have everything match and be a little one dimensional, we love to use a variety of colour, pattern and style.
Combining high street with high end, we have used silver star napkins from TK Maxx, cutlery and glassware from India Jane home, the plates are a mix from Villeroy & Boch/Sophie Conran and Wayfair UK. To enhance the natural vibe we added a sprig of sprayed eucalyptus in gold as the perfect finishing touch.
the result is so pretty it almost looks too good to eat off!
we also added in normal eucalyptus mixed with a hint of sprayed in to brass-necked vases, you could add some fairy lights to create a lovely glow!
The Creative Touches
aside from the traditional tree, the Dining room always tends to be the main area that everyone focuses on for their Christmas decor. we like to spread our creative flair a little further, adding in festive accents and displays over fireplaces, coffee tables and sideboards.
candles are a great way to add warmth (and scent) to a living room, we love stacking different sizes of candles along a mantelpiece. here we have mixed in two artificial orchid displays which keep in line with our natural style, and our star theme with gold glitter polaris stars to gently pick up the light.
For fun, this year we created scrummy edible bowls for the coffee table! we mixed in open walnuts with shell-on nuts and praline pine cones (grab a pack at M&S they are divine!)
winter branches are a great and simple way to add height and interest to a space, we like displaying ours in tall vases and paring with twinkling lights or mixing in a few metallic branches. a versatile finishing touch that works in every room!
Along a sideboard or console, popping some hydrangeas into a hurricane lamp with a candle is a great way to add a decorative finish. this can be on any scale, and you can mix in your own decorations to further enhance your theme.
Our console design also uses tall vases with sprays of magnolia, grasses and sprayed twigs which create scale and drama - like we said, Christmas affords us all the opportunity to go a little bigger!
The Last Minute Changes!
With all the racing around that the run up to Christmas entails, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of trying to create the “perfect” look - our look this year is designed to be stylish yet relaxed, you can switch up your arrangements and rework all the items around each other throughout the home, so play around with this look and have fun!
Don’t be afraid to make a last minute change - we’re not! at our shoot this year we were torn between keeping the table fabric on, or lifting it off to reveal the zinc table top underneath, so we did both! After all, there is Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so why not tweak the look a little for each?!
Christmas is of course about far more than making your home beautiful, the festive period should be full of fun, flamboyance, and most importantly - family.
We would love to see how our look this year has inspired your home decor - so tag us in your photos with #ehghome #ehgstyle #ehgloves #ehginspo