Getting ready for Christmas
I don't usually go massively overboard on decorations at this time of year - this is about as maximalist as it gets around here - but I have enjoyed adding some sparkle and light to our home these past couple of days. It has been so grey and dark.
Our tree arrived from Pines and Needles* yesterday and I managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop at weekend. I can't wait for Albert to try out his Charley Chau snuggle bed on Christmas morning, although I am under no illusions that it will dissuade him from sleeping on the sofa, the bed or anywhere else he chooses. Whippets have priority, after all, as any whippet owner knows only too well.
I'm also looking forward to dressing the table for Christmas dinner, a ritual I always enjoy, and this year my cupboards are bursting with lots of gorgeous new things for the tabletop, including the beautiful mirror finish Arolla cutlery set* the lovely people at Studio William were kind enough to send me.
Cutlery is one of those everyday items we tend to take for granted, but if you are considering investing in a new set I would definitely recommend handling a few different designs before deciding upon one, because designs that look good don't always feel good in the hand (as I've learned in the past to my cost). So many designs are poorly balanced or weighted, but I can happily report that as well as being beautiful to look at, my new Studio William cutlery is also an utter joy to use. I am a complete convert!
PS - Don't forget that you could win a set of Studio William cutlery in our giveaway.
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tree - Pines & Needles* | felted snowball garland on tree & glitter stripe baubles - The White Company | cutlery - Studio William* | marble cheese board - The Conran Shop | plates - The White Company* | chairs - Hay | wine glasses - Ittala | vintage 60s rosewood table - bought at auction.
Photography: Helen Powell for Design Hunter.