We all want to make Christmas feel extra special this year. Whilst our decor matters, who we spend time with matters more. Community and comfort are rightly at the forefront of the festive season more than ever before, and fashioning a setting that allows everyone to be comfortable and relaxed is one way to ensure we make this year memorable for all the right reasons.
We don’t know about you, but sitting down to enjoy the Christmas meal with our loved ones is the highlight of the day. No matter the size of your celebrations this year, nothing beats steam billowing from the oven whilst checking the potatoes, aromatic sprinkles of rosemary and thyme, the colour and crinkling of chocolate cellophane and the richness of a brandy-drenched Christmas cake. The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the home, and breaking bread over the table is surely the soul of the holidays. By creating a magical modern rustic setting with our easy 3 steps, we hope to elevate your setting from simply functional to an elegant Jim Lawrence style…
This season isn’t just about your home looking good, but if it does, it certainly makes you and your family feel good. And that, we think, is certainly in keeping with the Christmas spirit…
Orchestrating the perfect Christmassy ambiance is a breeze when you have the right tools. Correctly placed, candles and delicate fairy lights bring a magical twinkling light to your table, softly illuminating the decor without over-lighting the space. You want a relaxed atmosphere, not a blindingly bright one! Table lanterns like our Penfold Hurricane Lamp add height, light and prevents any wax dripping onto your table cloth or runners. Fairy lights trailed across the table woven around bowls and plates adds an extra layer of warm light to show off your delicious meal.
They say the best presents come in the smallest parcels and our Samworth Oil Lamp is no exception. A sweet addition to your Christmas display, the Samworth is a beautifully finished and functional oil lamp that will bring a classically elegant glow to the room. A nod to times gone by, incorporating glass shapes into your table in the form of vintage glasses, bowls or bell jars for serving is perfectly in keeping with the modern rustic look whilst adding an eclectic quirk to your display.
For a considered but not overdone look, it’s important to tap into display items that add something of meaning to the table, not just piling things up for the sake of it. Think about what you want to say to your guests with the setting, and achieve a cohesive look instead of a mismatched one. What is your motif? Here we’ve used a traditional star theme and carried this throughout. Height and scale is key, creating different points of interest, but the same theme runs throughout: notice our polished finish paired with some time-worn, rustic pieces.
There are some beautiful bursts of natural green foliage to freshen up an otherwise grey and white display. Pick your 3 main colours and stick by them!
Personalising your Christmas is vital. We all love gifts that are truly thought through, so why should the big event of Christmas dinner be any different? Hand written place setting cards bring a small but delightful moment of joy when everyone arrives. A little goes a long way.
Pair your place settings with hand-picked sprigs of rosemary or pine for extra festive detail sure to make you smile. To truly embody our rustic theme, unique wooden place mats bring the outside in, transforming your dining room into a truly gorgeous grotto.
Throw some shaggy sheepskins across your chairs for extra comfort, switch on your Jim Lawrence Pendants and you’re good to go…
Don’t forget to tag us in your festive Jim Lawrence Instagram posts, you can find us @JimLawrenceMade. Happy holidays from us to you.