Give your guests a festive welcome by creating a display in your hallway. Use vintage books, antique babbles, festive foliage and candlelight to set the scene for the rest of your home.
Wall painted in ‘Card Room Green’ Estate Emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5l; stairs painted in ‘Pigeon’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, both Farrow & Ball. Chippendale period mahogany side table, £2,500, AG Horne Antiques. Antique books, from a selection from £2 each, The Antiques Warehouse. Glass bottle, £35; candle holder, £3, both Packhouse. ‘Leaf Green’ dining candle (in bottle), £36 for a set of 12, True Grace. Smoked cut glasses, £5 each, Rockett St George. Green Jianxi jar, £550 for a pair, Guinevere. Decorative urn, £45, Sunbury Antiques Market. Fluted green glass vase, £45, Raj Tent Club. Moss balls, £4.99 (large), £2.99 (small), Longacres Garden Centre. Vintage glass baubles, from a selection, eBay. Present wrapped in ‘Leicester’ wallpaper in ‘Woad/Sage’, £72 per roll, Morris & Co at The Style Library. ‘Dark Bark’ velvet ribbon, £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux
Transform a plain wreath into something spectacular with antique and vintage brooches.
Door painted in ‘Down Pipe’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Handmade natural wreath, from £30, Winters Workshop. Selection of brooches, sourced from charity shops, prices from £1–£3; The Antiques Warehouse, £5 each; Joanna Elton and Gillian Horsup at Grays, prices from £12–£50. ‘Rose Pink’ velvet ribbon, £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux
Create a cosy and inviting living room with a roaring fire and a real Christmas tree laden with antique and vintage baubles.
Walls painted in ‘Card Room Green’ Estate Emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Early 20th-century Spanish rug, £350; 19th-century club leather armchair, £3,200, both AG Horne Antiques. Gold cushion, £42; green velvet cushion, £40, both Raj Tent Club. Antique books, from a selection from £2 each, The Antiques Warehouse. Green port glass, £6, Packhouse. Mince pie, £1.50, Gail’s Artisan Bakery. Presents wrapped in ‘Leicester’ wallpaper in ‘Woad/Sage’, £72 per roll; ‘Standen’ wallpaper in ‘Forest’, £61 per roll; ‘Acanthus’ wallpaper in ‘Privet’, £72 per roll, all Morris & Co at The Style Library. Swedish Dala horse, £115 for 25cm, The Swedish Wooden Horse Company. Norway Spruce Christmas tree, from £30, from a selection at Crockford Bridge Farm. Tree decorated with antique baubles sourced from eBay, and tiny antique cups, £6 each, from Sunbury Antiques Market. French brass candlesticks, £98 per pair, The Antiques Warehouse. Glass candlesticks, from £11 each, Packhouse. ‘Leaf Green’ and ‘Flint’ dining candles, £36 for a set of 12, True Grace. Antique teacups, from £15, The Antiques Warehouse. Velvet ribbons, from £1.65 per m, all VV Rouleaux
Create a moody festive table with antique pewter jugs filled with greenery and mophead hydrangeas. Why not bring some colour with a string of neon pompoms, too?
Shutters painted in ‘Down Pipe’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Panelled wall painted in ‘Juniper Green’ Chalky Interior Matt, £47 per 2.5l, Marston & Langinger. 19th-century farmhouse table, £1,250; 19th-century yew knife-back chairs and 19th-century ash north country chairs, from £1,650, all AG Horne Antiques. Small pewter jugs, from £8; small pewter tankards, from £6; large pewter wine jug, from £48; pewter charger (used as a cheese board), £30; pewter teapot, £34; pewter candlesticks, £45 for a pair, all Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair. Green glasses, £6 each, Packhouse. Regency dinner plates and side plates, £680 for a full dining set of 10 including matching serveware; red floral early Victorian Staffordshire teacup and saucer trio, £35; Aynsley 1891 hand-painted blue teacup and saucer trio, £85, all The Antiques Warehouse. Green glass baubles, from £8.25, Raj Tent Club. Green French bauble (on plate), £6, eBay. ‘Leaf Green’ dining candle, £36 for a set of 12, True Grace. ‘Forest Green’ napkins, £21.84 for 10, Richard Haworth. Vintage cutlery, £16 for four knives and forks, Packhouse. Table runner (made from vintage floral fabric), £15, Sunbury Antiques Market. Pink pom pom garland, £18, The Shop Next Door
Show off silver goblets and trophies by creating individual place settings – simply fill with a rolled napkin, antique cutlery and tie with a velvet ribbon.
Wall painted as before. Table and chair as before. Large trophy, £265; small goblet, £125, both Alfies Antique Market. ‘Forest Green’ napkins, £21.84 for 10, Richard Haworth. Vintage cutlery, £16 for four knives and forks; linen table runner, £20, all Packhouse. Velvetribbons, all £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux. Pewter mug, £8, Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair. Antique plates, from a selection, The Antiques Warehouse
For a fun way to display your Christmas dinner menu, why not recreate this display with an antique silver tray, some evergreen foliage and a hand-written rundown of each course?
Window frame and shutters painted in ‘Down Pipe’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Silver tray, £55, Packhouse. ‘Black’ velvet ribbon; ‘Leaf Green’ velvet ribbon, both £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux
Photographs: Katya De Grunwald
Styling: Selina Lake
All product prices and names correct at time of publication.