I must admit, Christmas has crept up on me this year. I was in denial, more or less, until last week, when it hit me that I really needed to start planning – for Harris if not myself! The build-up to Christmas can feel too much – too much pressure, too many adverts. Just too much. It hardly fits with my less is more approach!
And then, as I was looking through Christmas images I came across the beautiful photo above of the Byrne Table Planter from Rowen & Wren and realised that this kind of Christmas styling was right up my street. I’m going to recreate this look for our dinner table tomorrow as I already have a very similar planter waiting to be dug out and filled with fir branches and candles. So I thought I’d round up a few photos as inspiration for (yes, tomorrow’s!) festive styling.
I always find myself pinning interesting table settings on Pinterest that never quite make it to my table. Dinner this year is for four (Mr Copperline is cooking) and while I always intend to do something crafty, on the day I ended up chasing the boys around and in amongst the chaos the table just gets set, very simply. And you can achieve a lot with foliage and candlelight. This table setting above and below is a favourite – I found it on my Christmas Pinterest page from last year and traced it back to a blog post from 79 Ideas. These are photos from a Christmas shoot in the Copenhagen townhouse owned by architect Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, a partner at Norm Architects, for the Danish magazine Bo Bedre.
With simple touches of green and a grey and black palette warmed by the open fire, this, to me, is the perfect Christmas table where the more minimal styling is just a backdrop to the good food and conversation. I guess the features that links all these images for me are natural materials with a touch of patina, from timber to concrete to soft linens, and natural greenery.
And candles – always candles. Had I planned ahead, the Eden Candle Tree Candelabra from Rowen & Wren, below, would have been the perfect addition to a hearth or table setting. To be honest, this would be a beautiful addition any time of year.
And on that note, wishing you a happy and healthy Christmas from the Copperline crew.