Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022
Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022

Megan Burns

What’s coming to Netflix this November
What’s coming to Netflix this November

Lauren Heskin

The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a sperm donor’
The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a...

Amanda Cassidy

What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality
What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality

Amanda Cassidy

The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin
The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin

Megan Burns

Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award
Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award

Lauren Heskin

50 bricks and mortar Irish shops to support this Christmas
50 bricks and mortar Irish shops to support this Christmas

Eoin Higgins

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Søstrene Grene Christmas 2021 collection drops tomorrow and it’s all our cosy winter dreams come true
Søstrene Grene Christmas 2021 collection drops tomorrow and it’s all our cosy winter dreams come...

Megan Burns

Convenient, reusable cleansing cloths that will make you ditch make-up wipes for good
Convenient, reusable cleansing cloths that will make you ditch make-up wipes for good

Holly O'Neill

Image / Editorial

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists


by Lauren Heskin
15th Nov 2015
A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists

Wreath by Apassionata Flowers

With the festive season just around the corner (the Christmas lights are already on people!), it’s time to start planning your Christmas throw-down.

While everyone loves a hefty chunk of holiday cheer, some parties around this time can fall into a repetitive rut when it comes to celebration ideas. In the second?of a four-part series, we’ll be talking with entertainment experts on how to switch up tired Christmas trends top create a fun and festive soiree your friends will be begging you to make it an annual thing.

Ruth from Apassionata tells us how she loves to fill her home with beautiful homemade decorations and everything you need to bring your home to life this winter on a shoestring budget – and FYI, you may be required to use an actual shoestring – Ruth’s nothing if not practical but her floral creations are simply breathtaking.

ruth monahan apassionata

This Year’s Seasonal Trends

This year is all about a luxurious but natural twist on the classic Christmas look.? The Nordic style has been revised to include lots of woodland textures treated in different ways using points of colour including white and burnished metallics, ?animals especially birds have taken over as a key element. Porcelain, blanched copper, natural woods and gilded glass are all key looks for anyone wishing to change up their tree decoration with a twist as the festive season approaches.

As florists, we are enjoying the fruitful berries which are hints for a cold winter and extra lushness in mixed foliages and mosses.? Early magnolia twigs bound with dried hydrangea make not only the most gorgeous display for the hall but are perfect structures for the new hanger decorations of the season.? There is nothing nicer than a mixed loose dome of scented noble pine in blue grey hues bound with berried eucalyptus & ivy with rosemary & tips of twigs placed in a favourite glass vessel placed at the centre of the table to admire.

 

Tips & Tricks To Adorn Your Home

Readying the home in time for Christmas Day can be such a busy time.? The most important thing is to keep your dressing in your own style.? Collect branches and foliage from your garden or surrounds and style in a large vessel on a sideboard.? Hang your favourite decorations here to show them off so they don’t get lost on the tree.? Dry the hydrangea that is around now to use on tables and for your door wreath, just hang it upside down for 2 weeks or so and it will stay perfect forever.

Buying a box of amaryllis from the market or from your local florist is worthwhile.? These dramatic blooms last for ages at home and look fantastic simply placed with twigs or berries in a vase.
If you are going to make your own table centre, do it 2 days before and leave it in a cool place.? I always plan out what I am going to make and have everything ready as if I am going to cook so the flower piece takes less time to make and less elements to have for it.? Lay a newspaper out below before you start so you can gather your mess in 1 swoop to save time at the end.

Table centre tricks, see what room you have left on the table.? A formal table setting can eat into the ‘property space’ on the table so maybe create a runner of small vessels of foliage domes, dried hydrangea, potted herbs and succulents, gold and glass small hurricanes dressed with cinnamon, ivy and berries to give candle warmth and dotted apples, cones and wooden accessories.? These can then all be used for various eating occasions after the festive day itself is over.
apassionata
Ruth’s Christmas Favourites

I tend to build on what I have collected over the years as decorations and accessories, I always buy new elements to update each festive year.? I am really enjoying this years celebration of maximalism with a natural twist as I get to create the amazing foliage and twig domes I so love, fill the house with colour and berries and have the gilty gold without the glitz.? I am already planning my own Christmas wreath of various eucalyptus, lichens, magnolia and more with a sumptuous ribbon to deck our door.? And I will have my own baby Christmas tree to decorate in the style I love as the kids colourful eyes will have taken over the family tree in a full rainbow bright kind of way.

What She’ll Be Teaching At Contemporary Christmas at The Marker

This evening is simply about showing how you can create a special dinner table by putting a contemporary twist on the classical Christmas table centre.? By showing and telling the simple tricks to creating impact on your table by using different vessels and elements from the garden and season, I hope that everyone will leave with lots of knowledge gained and an ambition and plan to really enjoy designing their own special Christmas table for the troops at home


So are you officially in the festive spirit now? Join Ruth, along with Gareth Mullins, executive chef at The Marker Hotel, Sandra Murphy, drinks expert for The Marker Hotel, and?Alison Banton, Fragrance Designer, Brooke and Shoals, for an evening of seasonal celebrations with cocktails, a five-course meal and the inside track on how to make Christmas extra special this year.?You’ll leave with notes, know-how and a luxury gift bag worth €200!

Get your tickets now!

contemporary christmas banner (1)

 

Cover image: Ultimate wreath by Apassionata

Also Read

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

A Seasonal Decorating Masterclass From One Of Our Favourite Florists
EDITORIAL
‘Romy & Michele’ actress Cortney Wolfston on being fired while pregnant

“I was confused. Hadn’t I just been told this was a perfect time to be pregnant?” she questioned. Actress Cortney...

By Sarah Finnan