emily quin­ton's christ­mas styling tips

Take in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture for this year’s ta­ble set­ting with Emily Quin­ton’s Christ­mas styling ideas

Mollie Makes - - Front Page -

For­get elab­o­rate dis­plays and for­mal dec­o­ra­tions – this Christ­mas is all about em­brac­ing na­ture. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the great out­doors, we asked one of our favourite stylists and pho­tog­ra­phers, Make-light’s Emily Quin­ton, to cre­ate a ta­ble set­ting for a re­laxed fes­tive gath­er­ing with fam­ily and friends. Her rus­tic styling com­bines masses of fresh green­ery with del­i­cate metal­lic de­tails and twin­kling fairy lights.

This look is also a purse-friendly way to pret­tify your home. Use your choice of sea­sonal fo­liage – bought or for­aged – and give old cut­lery an im­pres­sive up­grade.

01 Choose a sim­ple colour pal­ette – I usu­ally go for two main colours with an­other ac­cent colour. Think about the colours you’d like in your home and build your styling around this.

02 Stock up on glit­tery washi tape. This will come in handy for ev­ery­thing from wrap­ping gifts to hang­ing cards on the wall, or even mak­ing and dec­o­rat­ing gift tags and ta­ble set­tings.

03 Dry hy­drangeas ready to dis­play on your Christ­mas ta­ble, or to fill vases and jugs around the home to add sub­tle colour. 04 Plant hy­acinth bulbs so they’re ready to flower over the fes­tive sea­son. These not only look beau­ti­ful in your home, but they smell gor­geous too.

05 Use fabric dye to cus­tomise a plain table­cloth or give old ta­ble linen an up­dated look. I used navy blue to com­ple­ment the green and gold colour scheme.

06 Fo­liage wreaths can also dou­ble as gift tags. Wrap your gifts in brown pa­per and rus­tic twine, then fin­ish with a wreath.

07 Fill your home with eu­ca­lyp­tus – it lasts re­ally well and smells amaz­ing. I’d reuse the ta­ble cen­tre­piece and chair ties after Christ­mas Day by putting them in vases around the house.

08 Make a flo­ral wreath for your front door. This will make ev­ery­one smile and feel in­spired when they ar­rive to visit you.

09 If you have chil­dren, let them be free with dec­o­rat­ing the Christ­mas tree, then treat your­self to a mini one that you can dec­o­rate on your own! I al­ways love to have a smaller ver­sion in the kitchen that I can style how­ever I choose.

10 Use bat­tery op­er­ated fairy lights on your Christ­mas ta­ble as a safe and very pretty al­ter­na­tive to can­dles. In fact, use them ev­ery­where at Christ­mas! I par­tic­u­larly love to add sparkle with smaller star-shaped lights.

use navy ta­ble linen to make gold ac­cents stand out

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