I’m really looking forward to Christmas Day this year, probably more so than any other year. To have that one day without feeling the current pressures of the world.
Most of all I’m looking forward to sitting around the table and seeing the faces of those closest to me who I love.
Conversation time spent at the table is always sacred and special, something I treasure so much afterwards and keep in my thoughts.
This year Christmas lunch will be at our place. Christmas always means seafood in our hot climate, eaten outside on the deck in the fresh summer air. Being in the elements on a good weather day (fingers crossed) always sets such a carefree and uplifting mood.
This year I’m making sand crab lasanga, a family favourite. The sand crab makes it feels rather special and very summery. I try to have everything organised prior to family arriving to minimise time spent in the kitchen away from everyone.
I love to decorate with natural pieces for the table. It’s a must for me. When you decorate with nature, it has a way of easing the elements together in a low fuss, yet high impact way.
From textural linen napkins in earthy colours, collections of seashells for casual place settings and glass vases with local native flowers. Having unusual styled natural pieces stimulates table conversation and curiosity.
I have just released a new tabletop collection especially for Christmas, which you will find in my shop.
A lot of what I make available in my shop enters my life through my home first, usually straight onto my table. Pieces I’m yearning to find, which I can’t find anywhere else.
When I find myself craving a particular shaped object, like a thick bulbous glass carafe, I will be thinking that I want them for the shop too. It’s special being able to create the things I wish existed.
Touch and textures are so important when bringing together a styled table. Something as simple as the weight of a heavy linen napkin across the legs has a way of feeling so calming and allows you and your loved ones to relax and enjoy the moment.