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Laying the Christmas table with Lilliandaph

Laying the Christmas table with Lilliandaph

As arguably the most important meal of the year, Christmas dinner deserves to be served on a dining table that’s dressed in festive splendor.

To help us create the perfect set up in our Ovolo range, we asked Maddy Faulkner, one of the amazing interior experts at LillianDaph, to work her magic.

What are the Christmas trends this year?

“We’re timeless at LillianDaph, so that means our signature dark walls are here to stay throughout the season. However, this year we’re upping the ante in terms of colour, scale, print and form. Decorations, textiles – you name it, we’re going OTT!

“We’re forgetting about the traditional festive colours and going bold – navy blue, scarlet red, autumn maple, bright port – mixed with shiny finishes such as brass and mirrored surfaces. I’ve incorporated these dark tones and metal elements in to the design of the Ovolo dining table to create a bold Christmas look.”

Hand Forged Brass Candle Holder– £20

Large Mirembe Silver Hexagon Tealight Holder – £19.95

Metal Star Candle Holder – £13

Esrum Bowl – £9

What’s the most important feature of the Christmas dining table?

“It’s all about the centerpiece for me. Furnish your table with opulent candelabras, modest pillar candles or an interesting piece that’s sure to attract attention.

“At LD we love faux foliage, like the Abigail Ahern’s eucalyptus I’ve used here – it’s perfect for trailing amongst a table runner and is sure to withstand the festive period.”

Medium Rustic Pillar Candle ‘Simply Black’ – £6.50

Faux Eucalyptus Bunch– £8

Recycled Glass Conical Cake Dome – £69.95

Bwari Marble Board White – £22.95

How will you be styling your dining table this Christmas?

“I’ll be bringing out all my best pieces this Christmas, as you do at this time of the year! However, I’ll be keeping my table fairly informal and pared-back – I want the decorations to do the talking.

“I’ll have simple Danish tableware (like our Broste Copenhagen range – in this shoot we’ve styled up the Salt and Sand ranges), plenty of beautiful foliage (faux of course) to bring the outside in, and lots of candle holders and votives for the perfect ambient lighting as the day draws in.

“I also can’t wait to use the adorable Antique Brass Star Spoons on my own table- they add a beautiful extra detail to the set-up!”

Salt Porcelain Dipping Bowl – £5.50

Esrum Night Stoneware Dinner Plate – £15.50

Antique Brass Star Spoon – £6.95

Cut Detail Glass – £6.50

What’s your favourite part of working with LillianDaph at Christmas time?

“Late night Thursdays! Throughout the month of December, we and various other local businesses are open until 7pm. There’s a really nice atmosphere and it’s a good excuse for some last-minute Christmas shopping.”

Do you decorate your kitchen at Christmas time?

“Yes! Entertaining is so important to my family and me during the festive period, so obviously, the kitchen has to be just as beautiful as the rest of our house. We don’t go overboard, though – just some simple Scandi-inspired pieces which give the room a festive but understated touch.

“We’ll often have a smaller tree in the kitchen decorated with twinkling lights and a beautiful wreath.

“Edible decor is also important! We pop freshly baked mince pies on display in a cake dome and have our favourite cheese out ready to nibble.”

“From myself and the team at LillianDaph, we hope you have a lovely Christmas, and a happy New Year!”

To browse the full range at LillianDaph, visit their website, or visit their artisan homeware store in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

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