Deck the Halls

Cel­e­brate in style with these fes­tive dec­o­rat­ing tips from Wendy Siu, founder of Heather & March

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus | Heather & March - Pho­tog­ra­phy jonathan MALONEY

While kiss­ing un­der the mistle­toe, singing carols at the top of your lungs and ar­rang­ing presents un­der the tree are all es­sen­tial Christ­mas tra­di­tions, noth­ing re­ally beats the feel­ing of sit­ting down with your fam­ily and friends to pol­ish off a turkey with all the trim­mings. But if your Christ­mas table­ware and dec­o­ra­tions are a hotch­potch of worn-out or­na­ments and chipped plates, it might take some of the shine off that fes­tive din­ner you’ve been an­tic­i­pat­ing all year.

Hap­pily, help is at hand for those of us sift­ing through boxes of bro­ken baubles. Heather & March, an up­mar­ket home­ware store in the Prince’s Build­ing, sells some of the pret­ti­est fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions, table­ware, sil­ver­ware and glasses in Hong Kong. From cen­tre­pieces with sprigs of holly that will make any ta­ble look amaz­ing to mini-wreath place­mats and themed plates, knives and forks, store founder Wendy Siu re­ally does have some­thing for ev­ery­one.

A big fan of all things Christ­mas, she also has some top tips for any first-time fes­tive dec­o­ra­tors out there. “Use fresh Christ­mas flow­ers and plants as it is so much more re­fresh­ing and re­fined,” she says. “And stay away from low-qual­ity ac­ces­sories: it makes your place look like a worn-out café. Also, no more than three dom­i­nant colours—and don’t throw in ev­ery colour you can see just be­cause they look fes­tive.”

So how will Siu be dec­o­rat­ing her own ta­ble this sea­son? “With my porce­lain and ce­ram­ics that have fes­tive mo­tifs or pat­terns and are adorned with vis­i­ble fes­tive colours,” she says. “This year I will go for a white and red theme, with more em­pha­sis on the frosted white ef­fect. I will dec­o­rate my ta­ble with a big im­pres­sive cen­tre­piece that is a self-made flower ar­range­ment. I’ll also use my sil­ver can­de­labra with match­ing red and white can­dles.”

If that sounds like a ta­ble you’d like to recre­ate, you can buy all those pieces at the Heather & March store and cre­ate a din­ing room so sump­tu­ous that even your mother-in-law will be im­pressed.

Heather & March Shop 216-218, 2/F, Prince’s Build­ing, 10 Chater Road, Cen­tral, Hong Kong +852 2530 0686, heatherand­march.com

Holiday cheer Heather & March has a wide va­ri­ety of din­ner­ware, glass­ware and sil­ver­ware for a picture-per­fect ta­ble

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