Hi my name’s Georgi and I’m addicted to tablescapes. YA SEE? I shouldn’t even know the existence of that word. It’s not a word and yet here we are – staring at the word, ‘tablescapes’ and desperately trying to convince spellcheck that it doesn’t need to be underlined because we know what we’re doing thanks very much. In today’s episode of, ‘borderline obsessive styling projects 101’ we explore the anatomy of a Christmas table for 11 people, complete with table linen, crockery, glassware and decorations!
Shall we get started?
I suppose whilst we’re confessing I should admit to owning way too much linen. Even though it’s a bitch to iron and has kinks going on forever I can’t resist it – for tablecloths, curtains, cushion covers, duvet covers, dresses, dresses for my dog…if’ it’s linen it’s coming home with me. It’s the texture that does it for me guys. Why choose flat cotton when you could have the earthy tones and intensely satisfying feel of pure linen? *Le sigh*
The table started with a grey linen tablecloth and two white linen table runners lying across the width of the table rather than down the middle. I’d never tried this before…but it looks good right? Gold charger plates sat underneath Sophie Conran for Portmeirion dinner plates and Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Side Plates. I’ve got to say, it’s possible I have never loved a plate more. I appreciate we’re talking about plates, but you were there when I was introducing myself in the first paragraph right?
Okay for the table centrepiece it was eucalyptus or go home. Luckily Norwich market had me covered. A few pillar candles in flecked gold holders interspersed between the greenery added a little bit of height and glamour – because what’s Christmas without a bit of glam?? Also I’m just as obsessed with candles as I am with plates.
I love how the Sophie Conran for Portmeirion plates lift the whole table – the subtle swirling pattern is the perfect amount of texture for a simple dinner party table. You know the best part? They are indestructible! Well, I imagine not totally indestructible but they can go from table to oven to freezer to dishwasher…and they look this good. I am officially a grown-up person with grown-up plates that I am going to use for my many dinner parties.
Guys I hope you all had the most incredible Christmas! If you wanna start planning NEXT YEAR’S Christmas table (yes yes yes) Portmeirion has reduced a lot of its Christmas crockery and glassware so get in there whilst you can and I’ll see you at the next Tablescape meeting!!!!!