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KEEPING IT SIMPLE

24th December 2016
Byrne Table Planter from Rowen & Wren

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.

By Norm Architects; photo by Lise og Kristian Septimus Krogh

By Norm Architects; photo by Lise og Kristian Septimus Krogh

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.

By Norm Architects; photo by Lise og Kristian Septimus Krogh via Bo Bedre

By Norm Architects; photo by Lise og Kristian Septimus Keogh via Bo Bedre

By Norm Architects; photo by Lise og Kristian Septimus Krogh via Bo Bedre

By Norm Architects; photo by Lise og Kristian Septimus Keogh via Bo Bedre

Norm Architects, photo by Andreas Mikkel Hansen via Bo Bedre

Norm Architects; photo by Andreas Mikkel Hansen via 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.

Via Lovely Life

Via Lovely Life

Photo by Beth Kirby, Local Milk

Photo by Beth Kirby, Local Milk

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.

Eden Candle Tree Candelabra from Rowen & Wren

Eden Candle Tree Candelabra from Rowen & Wren

And on that note, wishing you a happy and healthy Christmas from the Copperline crew.

Photos from Rowen & Wren, 79 Ideas, Bo Bedre, Lovely Life, and Local Milk.

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