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Christmas at Home // The Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and even more so at Christmas with lots of baking, cooking and entertaining going on. So I wanted ours to be a haven of tradition colours with scandi-style influences. I'd recently painted the kitchen a gorgeous shade of grey called 'Dolmen' by Colourtrend - an Irish paint brand  - so everything just popped against it. 

One of my favourite things in our kitchen, is this old service bell I found in an antiques place in Dunkeld in Scotland. I'd love to know what house it came from, and I'd like to think it was some formidable Dowager like Dame Maggie Smith's character in Downton Abbey that owned it. 

Of course my most favourite thing now has to be the amazing long kitchen table David crafted from reclaimed wood that has really made the kitchen. I'm so lucky, as he just so happens to be a brilliant furniture maker and joiner, so I knew from the outset it was going to be a beautifully made and very special piece.

I loved styling it with various candles and branches of berries and eucalyptus, and I added this old style wooden box I picked up in TK Maxx as a centrepiece filled with pinecones,baubles and a fir garland along with my hurricane vase and flower vase.

It was so cosy at night time just to have some candles lighting in there and the smell of the eucalyptus made it so festive. Spot my attempt at Christmas chalkboard art!

Our new table is perfect for entertaining friends and family and I had fun styling it for dinner over the holidays with my mix of new and vintage tableware and glassware.

This was me playing around with festive table setting ideas.

These are the John Lewis Croft Collection napkins called Malvern that I bought in Arnotts when I was invited in to review the new range. The copper baubles are also from Arnotts that I got the year before along with my Stellar cutlery that I love - you really see the difference in using good cutlery every day. They wash well, the weight is balanced and they just feel so much nicer to use. The set was a steal too in the Winter Sale. Definitely a worthy investment buy. And my gorgeous plates and wine glasses are from Newbridge Silverware that I got for a total bargain in their massive sale last year at their flagship store in Newbridge. They are for special occasions only, but I adore them.

I also love to use my set of vintage 1950s glasses that I bought for a £1 in a charity shop. Perfect for a wee sherry or pudding wine, And my green glass tealight holders were old Marks and Spence candles from many years ago that I cleaned out when they were finished to use as tealight holders as they are the most perfect traditional green for Christmas time.

I  love a nice centrepiece on a  Christmas table and this beauty has been serving me well for the past six years. I got it in The Stables Emporium, in Birr County Offaly who always have the most amazing array of Christmas decorations. So worth a trip there.

My more contemporary setting uses these gorgeous geometric gold decorations I got for half price in Marks and Spencers just days before Christmas. There is a growing trend for silver and gold and it just all worked so well when I decorated the table using them for our New Year's Day family dinner.


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