10th Dec 2015
John Adams, Article, at home for Image Interiors & Living. Photography: Doreen Kilfeather
We love all things Article so we’re thrilled that the owner of one of Ireland’s most exquisite’design shops has thrown open his beautifully bedecked home to us – as well as providing us with these top tips for seasonal decorating (put away the tinsel; you won’t be needing it). Here’s how to get fashionably festive in the style of John Adams…
For me, decorating for Christmas is about adding a layer over what you already have, so by adding strings of LED lights, lighting candles with seasonal scents and bringing in lots of greenery, you are creating a warm and cosy home without needing to spell out “Merry Christmas” on the wall.
Good-quality LED decorative lights are an easy way to add a festive feel. There are now some beautiful designs that are battery-operated, which gives great flexibility, as you can run them down the centre of the table or across a mantelpiece.
Liberate the linen
This is one day that you should really be generous with food and table decoration. Set your Christmas table elegantly and use proper linen napkins.
Remember, festive = foliage
As well as (or instead of) the big tree, be sure to bring a range of other greenery inside. Arrange foliage into small tumblers and dot these along your Christmas table alternated with non-scented tea lights to create a contemporary feel.
Curate your Christmas tree
Over the years, I have quite a number of decorations built up but I pick out what I am going to use on the tree each year, rather than throw everything on. I have a large number of glass and metallic decorations that I use as a base and then add in a single colour on top to give a cohesive look.
Try stylish substitutes
If you haven’t got room for a tree, put a string of LED lights into a large glass vase – they make a very effective decoration.
Photography Doreen Kilfeather
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