A couple of weeks ago, on one of the chilliest nights of November, we were delighted to welcome a lovely bunch of ladies into the cosy warmth of Two Ducks to take part in our festive styling event. The evening was co-hosted by two good friends of the shop: Clare Watson, a hugely talented professional stylist from Turmeric House studio; and Gay Croker, who represents some of our favourite Scandinavian homeware brands and so knows a thing or two about interior trends!
With the rich scents of cinnamon and cranberry filling the air, gentle jazz playing softly in the background, twinkling fairy lights and Prosecco a-plenty, it was the perfect way to kick-start the festive season.
After a bit of browsing time, Gay started by sharing her take on the season’s top decor trends before inspiring us with her own personal edit of gorgeous pieces from Broste Copenhagen, Räder and Sirius lighting.
Then it was over to Clare, who had created a stunning table setting using a selection of Two Ducks products alongside her own specially-chosen pieces. She talked us through her top tips; from getting creative with foliage and hand-crafted place settings, to using your favourite homeware treasures as striking centrepieces.
Afterwards, we grabbed five minutes with Gay and Clare to chat in a little more detail…
What are your top tips for bringing Scandinavian decor into Christmas styling? Focus on natural materials and embrace the cosiness and warmth of the season by introducing warm colours.
What is it about your brands that really captures the Scandinavian design and lifestyle ethos? The natural yet stylish simplicity – the ambient light of Sirius complements the special design from Räder and blends beautifully with the Broste style that’s loved by many.
What insider knowledge do you have about decor trends for the coming season and how do they incorporate the Scandinavian look? Colour is popping up everywhere for Spring and can easily add something new to the neutral base tones enjoyed in recent seasons.
Is ‘hygge’ still a thing or is there a new Scandinavian interiors and lifestyle buzzword? ‘Hygge’ continues to go strong – it’s still very much the recognised word!
Can you tell us a little about your favourite pieces from each of the brands you represent? The Sirius tree topper has brought something new to the market and has the added bonus of being able to be lit using a remote control. From Räder, the white ceramic bud pots with metallic gold-toned tops make lovely gifts, plus they come in two different sizes which look gorgeous clustered together with sprigs of festive eucalyptus or dried flowers. They never fail to please! I love the Broste range and style as a whole but my top pick would have to be the amber glassware – it’s stylish, smart and brings a whole new dimension to the table and entertaining.
What are your top tips for festive table styling on a tight budget? Foraging for foliage and other natural materials at this time of year can be so much fun, plus it’s completely free. Look out for branches and leaves in the amazing autumnal colours, plus berries, dried seed-heads and pampas grass. Then create a full look by layering these elements with your plates, cutlery and napkins.
Help – we’ve got a small army coming for Christmas dinner and our tableware doesn’t all match! What can we do? You can use it all! Just try and keep a consistent theme throughout to tie all the eclectic bits together – such as matching crackers, napkins, flowers or a coordinating keepsake on each table setting.
How do you create a festive table setting that’s not only beautiful to look at, but works for all ages, including excitable little ones? My advice here is to keep it simple but fun. Handmade elements always go down well. Try a chalkboard tablecloth – a large sheet of black paper layered underneath your normal table setting. Add a stick of chalk to each child’s place setting and let them have fun adding their own creative touches to the table.
What about crackers – are there any stylish alternatives out there? Make little bags of festive tokens like chocolate bars and different flavoured mints, or try one of the little vials of glittery confetti from Two Ducks which everyone can scatter to add more sparkle to the table! Two Ducks also stock plenty of small affordable gifts – like the gorgeous Bath House lip balms – which can be added to place settings instead of crackers.
Can you tell us a bit about your favourite festive styling pieces? I absolutely love the Broste glassware at Two Ducks – they’re all wonderfully classic, statement pieces that will last years and work with so many different table styling themes. Also the Sirius LED pillar candles and lanterns which give a beautifully realistic glow and are totally safe too.
So, now it’s time to put all that creative inspiration into practice! Whatever you’re hosting this festive season; be it Christmas lunch, New Year’s Eve drinks or a casual cold cuts buffet on one of those in-betweeny days, we hope that you enjoy adding those extra festive touches. We’ll be stocking Christmas gifts and styling goodies all the way through December here at the shop and would love to see your creations, so snap a picture and share it with us on Facebook and Instagram!