Christmas at ours

Christmas place setting with grey napkins & eucalyptus | Design Hunter

Although we have big family gatherings planned for the days just before and after Christmas, I love spending Christmas in my own home. Sometimes we have friends or family over for Christmas dinner but this year Christmas Day will be fairly quiet for us as it will just be my husband and myself. The turkey will be modestly sized and won't need to go in the oven for hours and hours, so I'm looking forward to dressing Albert whippet up in a suitably humiliating Santa outfit and heading out in the morning for our favourite walk across the fields and along the river before we return home to start cooking. There will be no sparing on the trimmings - braised red cabbage, sweet potato mash, roast potatoes and parsnips and of course, homemade bread and cranberry sauces, all of which will be accompanied by a bottle of Nyetimber and served up after the Queen's speech, which I always watch.

Today I'm sharing my festive table setting, styled with a little help from John Lewis. As I've spent much of 2015 pinning deep inky blues and brass tones on Pinterest I had little hesitation in choosing a colour scheme. Mr P wouldn't countenance the idea of my other colour obsession of the year - 'blush' - so I've opted for blue and white, with a touch of brass and have combined some new pieces from John Lewis with vintage items like the blue Iittala tumblers (a junk shop bargain from a few years ago - no longer available) and the brass candlesticks (an ebay find).

Blue & gold festive table setting | Design Hunter

I used the blue tumblers as the starting point for my colour scheme and have paired them up with the long stemmed wine glasses which are from the Iittala Essence collection and are available from John Lewis.

Rosemary and eucalyptus | Design Hunter

The grey cotton napkins have a pared back Scandi look and, instead of adding napkin rings, I've dressed them with a simple bunch of rosemary and eucalyptus leaves and pods tied toether with polka dot ribbon.

The white fine china tableware is from the Croft Luna collection - a beautiful tactile range with a subtly ribbed finish that would work really well as an everyday tableware set, but is also stylish enough to be used for best. It's also very reasonably priced.

Blue & white festive table setting
Blue & gold festive table setting | Design Hunter
Festive shelfie | Design Hunter

My favourite detail is the pair of Christmas tree candles from the Snowdrift collection. I opted for white but they are also available in gold and pewter.

Blue & gold Christmas table setting | Design  Hunter

I've been incredibly busy with client projects for the past couple of months, so I'm really looking forward to taking a long break to 'unplug' this Christmas. I also intend to spend some time reading one or two of the growing pile of unread books that seems to have accumulated on my bedside table as well as completing the 'decluttering' project I began a few months ago in readiness for a fresh and organised start to 2016.

How are you planning to spend Christmas at yours?

Festive Christmas tree candles | Design Hunter

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Styling & photography by Design Hunter | Posted in collaboration with John Lewis.

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