styling secrets – dining table

The dining room table is a bit of an odd one when it comes to styling. If you are styling for the photographs of a glossy mag, then it’s easy. You can go all out, or keep it simple. Or even for sales purposes, you know that the table should be the focus, not what’s on it. But for your home, day to day? It’s a bit different. The table always serves the same primary purpose, but it changes depending on the meal you eat at it or how many people use it at any one time. So what’s the best way of keeping it looking nice all day long?

During the day, you wouldn’t have place settings made up, or food perfectly placed to look fab in a photo. You would have a table. In its raw form. But you can add to this without it looking too staged, just so you have something breaking up that vast flat surface.

Similarly to coffee table stylingflowers or other natural objects always look great at the centre of your dining table. As well as candles in hurricane lamps, or on candelabras. It really depends on the size of your space and the location of your table. If you happen to have a chandelier or other light fitting hanging low over your table, that adds to the overall styling of it, without it even touching the surface.
Sometimes, the simpler the better. A dining table needs to look clean and fresh, as well as inviting. So if it is clutter free, and allows you to quickly and easily set the table for dinner, it’s a winner. You just need a couple of small items grouped together, or one big one in the centre to add enough interest to an otherwise blank table top.

There are countless examples online, but here’s an interesting festive twist to an average vase. This was from a photo shoot I assisted on for Mel at Country Knole Interiors.

Photo by James Billett for Country Knole Interiors
Photo by James Billett for Country Knole Interiors


Many people jump-start their January with a new health and fitness regime, a hair makeover or with a newly-booked holiday to a faraway destination, giving them something exciting to look forward to as the next few dull, grey months edge ever-closer. The hashtag “newyearnewme” has dotted my Twitter feed the past week (often ironically) – but the New Year is the perfect time to start afresh in your home and get it ready for the big Spring Clean.

I have quite a few bits of advice to dish out from organising spaces in your home with handy storage solutions to giving rooms a mini-makeover on a budget (it has just been Christmas after all). So stay with me, the next post will be up shortly.

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black background

Photo by Health Fitness Revolution

what’s trending?

It’s a bit late in the year to be forecasting trends for 2014, but just the other day I was thinking about things I’ve either seen a lot of in interiors, or things that I have expected to see and have not.

Interior trends tend to follow fashion trends, so when you look to the catwalks for next seasons clothing, you can be sure to see the trends featured there seeping into interiors in the following months.

Tribal and ethnic prints have been everywhere. All year. And this is pretty evident in any high street retailer now. The trend has gone from the designers, to the catwalks, and eventually filtered into the homes of everyone. As have florals. Floral prints have been around for a number of years now, and each year they take a different twist. Small, ditsy prints one year, to large, bold, almost Hawaiian next.. then faded and pastels. You get the gist.

The trend I was thinking about the other day is ombre. It’s been around for a year or two so it’s not exactly this year’s newest thing and I am by no means forecasting it. But I just couldn’t think if I’d seen it in interiors at all. And I wanted to know if it had made it into our homes. So I did a little research.

For those of you that don’t know, ombre is a French word meaning shaded. In fashion, it seems to apply to any garment that starts out one colour and gradually changes to another. It didn’t start in fashion though. I first heard about it in relation to the hair colour. I saw it on a celebrity once and thought, ‘I MUST have that, I wonder what it’s called?’

Since then it has appeared as a nail varnish trend, cake decorating (the actual cake batter and the frosting), clothing, floral arrangements.. everything. And I just hadn’t seen it crop up in interiors with the exception of a couple of cushion covers.

What my research showed me is that some people have taken this trend into their interiors; with mixed results.

Here are a few photos of things I’ve seen. Personally, I absolutely LOVE the ombre paint effect on a wall. In certain colours it oozes glamour and sophistication while also adopting its own personality. I want one of these walls. What do you think?

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