We’re halfway through the 12 styled days of Christmas with West Elm and I don’t know about you but I’m really enjoying it! For day 6 we have the talented Cate St Hill, styling extraodinaire! Her minimal, Scandinavian aesthetic makes me melt every time and happen to share her appreciation for monochrome hues and simplicity, so I was very excited when she agreed to take part. The results are beautifully natural but I’ll hand you over to her to explain the story behind her table.
What’s the idea behind your table?
For my table styling I went for a bit of a forest theme, with lots of soft, muted colours, foraged greenery and natural materials. I wanted the table to look relaxed, informal, cosy and warm.
Traditionally at home we gather lots of holly and ivy from the nearby woods to rustle up a centrepiece for the Christmas table. As a take on this, I created height with various sized vessels filled with softly scented eucalyptus and other leaves, and scattered these charming bottle brush trees in the middle of the table. A touch of sparkle is added with some shimmering tea light holders. Little accents of greenery, tucked into napkins or adorning brown paper wrapped presents, complete the scheme.
How is this idea personal to you / how does it relate to how you celebrate the festive season?
When we celebrate the festive season it’s quite a relaxed, informal affair, it’s really just about gathering with loved ones, enjoying good food, good conversation and a few laughs. We like to set the atmosphere in a classic, tasteful way (no tacky tinsel allowed!!), with greenery on picture frames and at the centre of the table, and we always have lots of candles burning. I wanted the table to look slightly spontaneous, without the formality of placemats or tablecloths, but I also wanted it to look tranquil and just a little bit romantic.
How will you be spending this Christmas?
I will be spending Christmas at home with my parents and family, doing what we do every year! There’ll be carols in a local village on Christmas Eve and overstuffed stockings on Christmas morning. We’ll all wear Christmas jumpers (even Percy the golden cocker spaniel) and we’ll work up for our lunch with a muddy dog walk. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and then it will be time for games, food, more food and a bit of telly too.
What’s top of your Christmas list this year?
I would love a little dachshund poking out of my stocking, but I don’t think that’s really going to happen so I’ll settle for some Le Labo perfume, a book or two, and some Mast brothers chocolate!