We were lucky enough to work with top interior stylist and best-selling author Selina Lake for our latest festive photoshoot. You can currently see her beautiful work in many different places, including Country Living UK, Country Homes & Interiors and Modern Gardens magazines. We absolutely love the playful, beguiling and decadent scenes she's created for us, she's really captured the essence of Ali Miller London.
Selina has kindly shared her tips for styling your home during the festive period.
SELINA'S FESTIVE STYLING GUIDE
1. NEW SERVING IDEA
Let the festive period lead you to use your tea set in a different way, why not serve warming mulled wine from the teapot instead of traditional tea? Decorate tea cups with slices of oranges, red currants and star anise which can all handily be stored in a sugar pot. A decedent cheese board will complement the festive tipple perfectly.
2. STYLE A UNIQUE DISPLAY
Use your favourite China pieces weaved between festive foliage and flowers to style a shelf or mantlepiece. Use springs of foliage mixed with dried hydrangea flowers. Tall candles will add a perfect glow to the display.
3. GET CREATIVE
Using winter foliage and flowers to style your home and Christmas table is an easy way to add a festive feel. Forage for foliage in your garden, I mix ivy with conifer cuttings with branches cut from the back of my Christmas tree. Skimmia japonica is my go-to shrub for florals as the cluster of flowers dries well and lasts ages. If you want to create a garland, gather bundles of flowers and foliage and tie them together. Once you have a few bundles, you can add them together with wire or string to create a garland.
4. CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPING
Show off your beautiful Ali Miller London collection of fine bone china on your Christmas table styled with a classic linen tablecloth, cloth napkins, and polished cutlery. Dot pomegranates and satsumas between sprigs of foliage to add colour and interest.
5. CLASSIC AFTERNOON TEA
Add a festive touch to an afternoon gathering by serving a Christmas afternoon tea in a mix of dainty teacups and stylish mugs. Elevate a shop bought Christmas cake by decorating it with brandy butter icing, red currants, orange slices and rosemary sprigs. Create height by placing the cake plate on a pile of old books for an instant cake stand.
6. ADD SCENT
Fragrant foliage will give your home a wonderful scent of the season this Christmas. Combine sprigs of pine and fir with satsumas and freshly cut rosemary to decorate the centre of your table. I love the Black Opium scent of the Lost Gentlemen candle which, combined with the foliage, will fill your dining room with a lovely scent.
7. ATMOSPHERIC SCENE
Candles will instantly set a scene that feels inviting. Candlelight will make the fine bone china with 22-carat gold details twinkle and sparkle, creating a magical tablescape perfect for get-togethers with your friends and family this Christmas.