merry and bright – holiday charm

A little holiday decor and more to inspire you this season…. happy holidays!

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” 
―Norman Vincent Peale

be merry


“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”
 ―Edna Ferber


What better way to kick off Christmas dinner than with a tiny table gift?
Photography by Sarah Hogan

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Craftberry Bush

Le Meurice’s pastry chef Cedric Grole
Christmas Cakes

An antique pine table with late-eighteenth-to-early-nineteenth-century Swedish dining chairs from Maison Artefact, has been decorated with white cardboard cut-out snowflakes from John Lewis, tealight holders from Cox & cox, silver footed bowls from Petersham Nurseries and Victorian enameled letters from Lassco acting as place cards.
Down the stairs a bespoke garland of eucalyptus, holly, snowberry and conifer from Interflora is twined with fairy lights.
Photography by Sarah Hogan

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Foliage sprigs have a certain natural symmetry, so snipping a few sprigs and branches up and arranging them as star shapes will look Christmassy.
 Here is a mix of  fir, rosemary, holly and various shrubs – for visual richness. A stem of rosemary can be bent into a circle and tied together to create a quick and pretty place-card holder.
Photography by Sarah Hogan

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 Salvo de Hadley Court – Interior Design Blog

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” 
―Marjorie Holmes

For a magical sense of occasion, attach a bough of any relatively straight, narrow tree – we used birch – to each side of the back of a chair. Attach with wire or cable ties and cover with a decorative ribbon, or go wild with a pretty coloured twine. As long as the branch touches the floor, it won’t tip the chair over. The position of this arrangement means that views across the table are uninterrupted, and a cosy under-the-arbour atmosphere prevails. We’ve hung the branches with bells and baubles for Christmas, but you could add white ribbons for weddings or sweets for birthdays.
Photography by Sarah Hogan

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There is something that is extra special when you see Christmas wreaths accented with each farmhouse window.
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” 
―Bob Hope



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