emily quinton's christmas styling tips
Take inspiration from nature for this year’s table setting with Emily Quinton’s Christmas styling ideas
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