The big day, three ways: How do the experts decorate their homes for the festive season? Leading designers share their secrets with Nicole Gray

The big day, three ways: How do the experts decorate their homes for the festive season? Leading designers share their secrets with Nicole Gray

Lucinda Chambers

Stylist and co-founder of Collagerie

Irrespective of how lengthy the previous Vogue vogue director and co-founder of design emporium Collagerie spends on the tablescape design, it’s the Christmas menus that all the time get the household speaking. 

‘The query, “Does anybody truly like turkey?” is requested annually. As soon as I deviated and did roast beef. By no means once more,’ she says.

Christmas planning will get began early in her family, with Chambers taking a look at baubles for her Collagerie edits by mid-October. ‘There isn’t a single ornament that I haven’t seen by November.’

An interiors magpie, she will’t resist including one or two new decorations to her assortment annually – however she depends on the Christmas field of treasures her mom made for her in 1980 for the design spine. ‘She was a bookbinder and made this field for us,’ says Chambers.

‘A number of the decorations are over 30 years outdated.’

For subtlety, layer a plain base with the patterns and colors of glasses and ceramics. Cushion by Amuse La Bouche at For ‘spattered’ candlesticks like these, strive uk. Related tablecloths are offered at Collagerie has comparable plates

Wavy lines and foliage motifs radiate festive flair. For similar woven baubles try The Colombia Collective at Look for similar tablecloths at

Wavy strains and foliage motifs radiate festive aptitude. For comparable woven baubles strive The Colombia Collective at Search for comparable tablecloths at

These anticipating to see a basic tablescape strewn with pink and inexperienced baubles might be dissatisfied, nevertheless. The palette ranges from a riot of autumnal shades – tobacco, khaki, dusty rose – to pictures of electrical yellow and blue. 

‘I like to decide on colors that can carry via Christmas and past,’ says Chambers, who additionally all the time plumps for a wide range of patterns, textures and prints – an uplifting array of stripes, ruffles, wiggles and squiggles, in woven and ceramic finishes.

Lucinda Chambers: Sylist and co-founder of Collagerie

Lucinda Chambers: Sylist and co-founder of Collagerie

She likes to shock visitors with an uncommon centrepiece, too, forgoing a conventional vase of blooms for twigs in an enormous receptacle, festooning them with ‘paper angels and issues I’ve collected through the years like little birds with clips on them, reward tags hung with ribbons.

‘My decorations don’t have a theme – it’s all mixy-matchy – however they assist set the scene,’ she says. Trailing leaves wrapped in fairy lights are additionally displayed in huge pots and vases throughout the tablescape and across the dwelling, typically staying all yr.

Candles are Chambers’s secret weapon: ‘You’ll be able to by no means have too many.’ They run alongside the Christmas desk in all colors, shapes and heights and make an impression on smaller eating tables. 

‘I don’t assume something matches in our home, which is nice – if one thing will get damaged, it doesn’t matter as a lot.’

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Jonathan Adler

Potter and inside designer

Being a ‘Christmas elf for different individuals’ many of the yr, designer Jonathan Adler likes to maintain his personal decorations low key come the festive season. That mentioned, his concept of low key might be vastly completely different to the typical particular person’s.

Adler’s design philosophy revolves round not holding again. ‘The one unhealthy decorations are half-hearted ones,’ he says. ‘They simply make everybody unhappy. If there’s ever a time to undertake a more-is-more philosophy, it’s Christmas.’

That is evident in the best way he decorates each inch of the house he spends Christmas at together with his companion, window dresser Simon Doonan. ‘I deal with the place like an outfit an eccentric, wealthy aunt may put on,’ he says. ‘Layer, layer, layer.’

Adler adds metallic elements to every surface, and to the drinks trolley, for a dash of glamour. Decanters, from £175 each, A selection of silver Christmas trees is available at

Adler provides metallic components to each floor, and to the drinks trolley, for a touch of glamour. Decanters, from £175 every, A choice of silver Christmas bushes is out there at

For a fun festive twist, embrace unexpected shades such as hot pinks, aqua blues and vibrant greens. Stockings, £128 each,

For a enjoyable festive twist, embrace surprising shades reminiscent of sizzling pinks, aqua blues and vibrant greens. Stockings, £128 every,

Mantelpieces and drinks trolleys are a living proof, embellished in fairy lights or garlands peppered with shiny baubles in gold and silver.

‘It retains the bottom stylish whereas nonetheless feeling festive,’ says Adler.

That is punctuated with flashes of sizzling pink, mustard and teal set amid enjoyable futuristic touches of spaceship cocktail shakers and disco balls. ‘It’s unattainable to have a foul time when there are disco balls about,’ says Adler.

Jonathan Adler: Potter and interior designer

Jonathan Adler: Potter and inside designer

Regardless of being king of luxe touches, Adler is glad to combine and match worth factors. Crackers and small items wrapped in metallic paper and bows peep out of stockings held on the mantelpiece for a straightforward twinkle. 

‘Put a bowl of low-cost gold balls on the desk and – voilà! – prompt centrepiece,’ he says.

Certainly, Adler views each floor as a possibility to ‘scape and act accordingly’: ‘Pillowscape, tablescape, no matter. Should you’re adorning your forlorn corners as thoughtfully and exuberantly as you do your mantel, you’re heading in the right direction.’

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Chrissie Rucker

Founding father of The White Firm

Dreaming of a basic white Christmas? Take inspiration from the house of White Firm founder Chrissie Rucker. 

Arrivals are greeted by a showstopping real Christmas tree seven ft excessive, which Rucker and her household enhance annually. 

‘It’s develop into a part of our custom,’ she says, ‘together with ice-skating and an old school afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason.’

As Rucker is all the time discovering new adornments, the tree is embellished barely in another way every time, though her understated-luxe aesthetic prevails: ‘The bottom line is to maintain it easy,’ she says. 

Ribboned wreaths and glossy tree baubles in coordinating colours combine to subtle effect. Wreaths, £145 each, ready-lit tree, £425, and baubles, from a selection, all

Ribboned wreaths and shiny tree baubles in coordinating colors mix to refined impact. Wreaths, £145 every, ready-lit tree, £425, and baubles, from a variety, all

For baubles, her color scheme revolves round ‘some white, some glass and a few antiqued silver’. 

She solely picks one or two shapes – teardrop, globe – constructing the scheme round them. Present favourites embrace glass varieties as they ‘bounce mild round and create a festive atmosphere’.

Rucker buys her baubles in units of six or 12, conserving heavier or bigger ones nearer to the centre of the tree, with the smaller ones close to the ends of branches in order that they don’t get misplaced.

Chrissie Rucker: Founder of The White Company

Chrissie Rucker: Founding father of The White Firm

And lights? ‘We all the time begin with these, winding them from backside to prime, earlier than any baubles go on. I like to cluster them across the tree in addition to in storm lanterns about the home for a heat glow.’

Rucker additionally shows fake garlands and wreaths on the Christmas tree, mantelpiece and doorways. ‘It’s a nice timesaver,’ she explains. 

‘Combine these up with fairy lights or candles, then add a number of actual flowers and a few greenery simply a few days earlier than.’

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