Città Stylist Fed­er­ica Con­tardi talks cre­at­ing a re­laxed Christ­mas morn­ing break­fast set­ting that will bring ev­ery­one closer to the tree

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Gather your fam­ily close this year for a ca­sual Christ­mas break­fast and present open­ing cer­e­mony with for­aged botan­i­cals and soft can­dle light. “With gen­er­ous oor cush­ions, an invit­ing sofa and lots of throws, you can cre­ate a com­fort­able and ca­sual at­mos­phere,” says Stylist Fed­er­ica Con­tardi from Città’s New­mar­ket store. “Ar­range gifts un­der the cof­fee ta­ble so ev­ery­one has an item ready to un­wrap with their glass of bub­bly.” Choos­ing a neu­tral colour palette with shades of cream, oat­meal and white means your styling will last well beyond Christ­mas. Città’s Botan­ica oral linen nap­kins and for­aged green­ery help to add that spe­cial fes­tive spark, while can­dles of dif­fer­ent heights and sizes cre­ate a warm glow and real sense of magic. Con­tardi’s top tip for green­ery is to choose lush leaves that will with­stand a day with­out wa­ter and en­twine these with Christ­mas gar­lands. “Keep botan­i­cals low-level so they don’t re­strict visibility or con­ver­sa­tional ow,” she ex­plains. “My per­sonal rule is to never ex­ceed a height of 25-30cm.”


1. Mix and match ceram­ics and in­cor­po­rate a few key pieces of din­ner­ware with metal­lic ac­cents.

2. Linen nap­kins tied with Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and name tags make the ideal place set­ting and are an ex­tra gift to trea­sure.

3. Af­ter Christ­mas, ce­ramic tea lights and fairy lights can be re-homed all over the house, es­pe­cially in be­d­rooms to en­hance a re­laxed at­mos­phere.

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