Room re­veal Hand­made trea­sures for a beau­ti­fully crafted Christ­mas

Alex says good­bye to one set of Christ­mas tra­di­tions (and dec­o­ra­tions) and looks for­ward to in­vent­ing some new ones with the help of a clever lo­cal ce­ram­i­cist

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Styling by Alex Walls. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Bayly & Moore.

For me, Christ­mas is go­ing to be a bit dif­fer­ent this year – the fam­ily home I grew up in was re­cently sold and our an­nual fam­ily din­ner is up for a re­think. It’s sad to see this tra­di­tion come to an end but, on the bright side, it means our fam­ily has an op­por­tu­nity to start afresh and cre­ate a new way of do­ing Christ­mas.

I can’t say I’m sad to say good­bye to Mum’s favourite pur­ple dec­o­ra­tions! In­stead, a lighter, brighter pal­ette of gold, yel­low and fresh green will adorn this year’s ta­ble. I’m also steer­ing away from the cus­tom­ary huge Christ­mas tree and in­stead bring­ing in some fes­tive wall hang­ings, such as these two lovely gold pa­per wreaths en­twined with a faux olive branch.

We’re not aban­don­ing tra­di­tion al­to­gether, though – we’ll still be en­joy­ing all our favourite Christ­mas food but this time served in bowls hand­made by our friend Yon from Clay­bird Ceram­ics. We’ve also col­lab­o­rated with Yon on some spe­cial tree or­na­ments, which add a beau­ti­ful, hand­made touch to our fes­tive ta­ble.

Fi­nally, as a nice per­sonal touch, I’ll be plac­ing a beau­ti­fully wrapped gift of choco­lates on each ta­ble set­ting. Who said pre­sen­topen­ing can’t last the whole day?

Wall painted in Du­lux ‘Wa­iau Bay’. Gold pa­per wreaths, $49.99 each. Faux olive stem, $9.99. Vaasa oak din­ing ta­ble, from $1699.99. Vaasa oak bench seat, from $659.99. Leather din­ing chairs, $499.99 each. Out­door rug, $699.99. Mini Christ­mas tree, $49.99. Ter­ra­cotta pot, $19.99. A&C x Clay­bird Ceram­ics Christ­mas or­na­ments, $12.99 each. Place­mats, $16.99 each. Serve­ware by Clay­bird Ceram­ics, from $24.99. Serv­ing dish (with roast), $79.99. Large bowl, $69.99. Brass salad servers, $49.99. Stain­less-steel cut­lery set, $389.99. Olive nap­kin, $39.99 set of 4. Pale nap­kin (on chair), $16.99. Linen table­cloth, $89.99. Cedar gar­land (on ta­ble), $159.99. Elm plat­ter board, $74.99. Red wine glasses, $34.99 each. Leather coast­ers, $36.99 set of 6. Bat­tery-run can­dle set, $59.99. All from A&C Home­store.

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