Welcome Xmas Guests...

03 November 2014

Christmas is our favourite time of year and we love to give interiors a festive feel with details that your guests will adore. Here are a few ideas to adorn your home with the spirit of the season: 

A Statement entrance - A large statement wreath on the door is a must and we adore the feel of fresh foliage. Last year, lead interior designer Michael Metcalfe had a florist-made spruce wreath, with white roses dipped in wax.  The theme was extended with a large fireplace display and the detail of left over pieces of spruce saved to throw in the fire, added a divine Christmas tree scent.  

Raising a glass! - Greet guests coming in from the cold with a warming winter cocktail. Here's a recipe for Winter Pimms Cocktail, which has become something of a tradition at Michael's house!

Ingredients:  

  • 500 ml Pimms
  • 500ml Fiq Liquor
  • 1½ litre apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • apple, sliced
  • orange, sliced

Method - Combine the Pimms & Fig Liquor in a pan with the apple juice and warm gently, before adding cinnamon sticks and a sliced apple and orange. Serve with festive nibbles such as chestnut, stilton and pancetta cicchetti. 

Room Scent by Neom -  We adore the 'Sensuous' candle by Neom; a blend of YlangYlang, patchouli and frankincense. It smells beautifully Christmassy.   

Overnight Guests - Guest will feel looked after in bedrooms simply dressed with white bedding, which acts as a backdrop to an array of Christmas cushions and pillows. The Casamance collection would achieve this look beautifully. You could even go the extra detail and spray the pillows with Pillow Mist by Branch D'Olive. 

Dinner Table - For distinctive place settings, use chunky initial letters for each guest, which they can take home as a keepsake and display on a mantelpiece. A fabulous place setter and table gift rolled into one. 

Gift Wrap - Dress Christmas gifts to match your interiors. We love these 'knit' wraps with handmade pompoms, which tie perfectly with a knitted throw. 

Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas! 

Michael Metcalfe