In our family we always make a big fuss about the Christmas tree.
It is my elder daughter who enjoys choosing and decorating the tree with me while the younger one and my husband enjoy it once it is done.
This year we followed the same ritual. A fine Fraser fir was bought in a local garden centre we always go to. The Fraser fir is dense with short needles and an amazing fragrance that lasts for almost a month.
In the same way I would when creating an interior scheme, we choose a theme. Last year was Woodland ; with forest animals, several Santas, mushrooms and a lot. This year we went for a more elegant theme: the Old Palace. So the colour scheme was old golds and frosty whites;vibrant and pale pinks, like old silks and lost jewels; warm bronzes for rusty metals and copper pans; clear glass reminiscent of large windows and ice.
It is not all about the tree either. While hanging the baubles,we create a warm, homely atmosphere listening to Christmas songs and drinking mulled wine. Often, when we unwrap one of the ornaments, there is a sigh of joy and surprise as we rediscover a forgotten treasure.
And that is one day in early December every year; as long as we enjoy doing it .
I hope this can inspire some of you to create an experience that you will fondly remember and think of it as a joy rather than yet another chore you have to do at Christmas.
And if you think you need help, I am never bored with decorating.
May you all have a very happy holiday.
As you all know, September is a busy month for designers. The London Design Festival is happening all over the city with events, exhibitions, talks and parties going on. One of my favourites is Designjunction, now in their 6th year. The new location at Kings Cross confirms their aim to evolve every year and keep it fresh and exciting. So I went to the opening party the other night and was not disappointed.
Apart from the great lighting companies on display, that have become a signature mark of this event, there were small furniture manufacturers and designers exhibiting this time, many of them from as far away as Brazil.
Noemi Saga Atelier is a Brazilian product brand established in 2013 by Nomina Design. I love their Japanese aesthetic and craftsmanship as shown in this Nuno Lamp.
Image: Noemi Saga_Atelier on Instagram
Also a newcomer is Hagit Pincovici from Italy. Hagit is the third generation of artisans in her family and her amalgamation of this inherited craftsmanship and new technology has brought to us pieces that epitomise what good design is: functionality and beauty in one. It is difficult to pick a favourite piece from her furniture collections Eclipse and Metaphysics, but the Metaphysics Sideboard and Flamingo Sculpture are perfect examples of beautifully detailed and expertly crafted furniture.
Among British designers, Channels’s stand offered a glimpse of Samuel Chan’s clean and timeless aesthetic. Another example is Bethan Gray who continues to charm us with her appreciation of traditional craft. This time it is shown in collaboration with a masterful Iranian artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian. The result is an exclusive Shamsian Collection that unites Islamic art and craft with contemporary design to create a highly original look.