Stylish Seasonal Touches

By Oliver Burns

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December 6, 2013|

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  • midst the cool and sultry days of winter emerges the magic of Christmas. With the warm glow from seasonal lights, captivating window displays, winter fires and glittering decorations all around us, the enchantment of the season is hard to escape. Whether your idea of the perfect Christmas is a lavish, traditional family-based affair at home or understated elegance in a quiet hideaway within a warmer climate, make your festive environment a thoughtful one with some stylish inspiration from the team here at Oliver Burns.
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Dressing my front door with a beautiful oversized statement wreath creates the perfect welcome for guests. Wild at Heart make stunning bespoke fresh wreaths made from seasonal berries and foliage. I also love Jane Packer’s collection which incorporates pine cones, glistening baubles and shimmering ribbon in this seasons key colour trends and you can recycle it for years to come. The versatility of the traditional round shape, means that wreaths can also be used to great effect hanging as a stylish window display, as table centrepieces or as attractive decorations on your mirrors or the back of your dining chairs.

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Subtle outside lighting can create a wonderful warm glow that invites guests inside. The key is to keep it simple and natural with soft white lights, utilising the trees and topiary you already have in your garden. Lit wreaths can make a stunning addition your front door and through simply adding some carriage lanterns or outdoor light sculptures, especially against the backdrop of a white snowy ground, outside lighting can make your home look picture perfect.

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December is the time when I introduce winter throws, cushions and luxurious rugs to my living room in order to create an inviting retreat. Combining a mix of fabrics and textures such as warm lambs wool, sumptuous faux fur and luxurious cashmere provides a welcoming addition to the home that everyone will love. Roberto Cavalli‘s Venezia throw in velvet and silk is the ultimate luxurious accessory.

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A beautiful fire can warm the coldest of evenings and is the focal point of my home at Christmas. Even if you don’t have a traditional open fire, a mantelpiece can still create a focus in your living room. Laden it with fresh garlands to fill your home with a woody forest aroma and with the addition of some candles, the flickering light of the flames will transform your fireplace into the heart of your home.

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For me, food is at the centre of a good Christmas as it’s the one time of year where we can indulge and devour the finest of everything. Nothing beats a Christmas hamper, filled with luxurious foods crafted by some of the world’s best artisans, so wherever we spend Christmas, we try to take one with us. A hamper also makes a great gift, and this year Daylesford has a particularly wonderful selection. Made from organic produce from their farm in Gloucestershire, they are guaranteed to give you an abundance of festive indulgences for the Christmas period.

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A real Christmas tree will fill your home with the lovely scent of pine, however choosing one that is longer lasting can also be a great alternative and is kinder to the environment. This year I have invested in a wooden tree from Timbatree, which can be reused year after year, yet still has a natural woodland feel. Through tailoring the tree decorations to your design style, it can work well in both a contemporary and traditional setting.

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Interior trends are always prevalent and Christmas is no exception. I always look to decorate my tree with the season’s key colours, to create a different and unique theme every year. This Christmas I will be echoing the trend for vibrant, jewel colours as the rich purples and blues present a wonderful festive palette too. These utterly elegant peacock baubles from Liberty are my favourite this year as they capture the season’s colours perfectly and you don’t need many to make a statement.

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The array of winter fragrances is wonderfully alluring at Christmas, so every year my home is filled with scented candles and room diffusers. Diptyque, Miller Harris and Jo Malone offer some wonderful festive candles that when all lit together, create a unique blend of familiar Christmas aromas that infuse throughout my home.

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As a designer, I like my Christmas presents to look effortlessly stylish, so I take my time to ensure that all my gifts are wrapped perfectly. For an elegant finish, I wrap up all of my presents in an accent colour, layering up the same shade in different papers and accessories. This year why not try Autumn/Winter’s pattern of the moment – tartan, and add pretty trimmings and ribbons for extra festive sparkle.

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Being Italian, the family meal is the most important part of Christmas day, so ensuring the table is dressed beautifully is essential. I always like to decorate the table with a centrepiece, often using seasonal materials such as pine cones and cinnamon sticks which add a rich scent too. Through combining these natural elements with some glamorous baubles, you can create a Christmas table that is both elegant and richly evocative.

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Whether you are entertaining with champagne and canapés or have the whole family for dinner, Christmas is the perfect occasion to lay your table with some elegant dinnerware. It requires a more formal table than the traditional five piece place setting so every year I bring out my best serveware. Nothing complements festive décor quite like metallics and with copper and rose gold the undisputed tones of the moment, this year, I will be using gold cutlery to add richness and warmth to the table. Matching glassware, like that above from Versace, will also add that finishing touch to your special meal.

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Christmas day cannot go by without a celebratory glass of champagne, so I make sure that the wine cellar is stocked with some well chosen luxury sparkle, always saving one special bottle to savour among friends and family at the dinner table. Considered to be the founder of the champagne industry, Dom Perignon is my choice for this year with their vintage 2004 champagne filled with notes of wild flowers, ripe mangos and anise. The perfect way to celebrate the day.


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