With winter upon us, it's time to create cosy, welcoming spaces at home to retreat from the cooler elements outside. Whether you prefer to warm up with a hot cup of tea, or an aromatic mulled wine, do so in the warmth of your home with your style, your way.
Winter Warming Styling Tips
We talked to Claire Chilcott, Creative Director at Maxwell & Williams, and asked her to share her tips and advice for creating an inviting atmosphere in the cooler months.
Add warmth to your tablesetting. Any hard surfaces can be softened by layering textiles such as tablecloths, tablerunners and napkins. Play with colours and textures in similar tones. With benches and chairs I add cushions and furs to really set the mood.
Create a centerpiece of fresh flowers or foliage. Keep these small and simple. Go into your garden and pick some flowers. Hellebores are wonderful but keep away from anything with an overpowering fragrance. You want your culinary aromas to take centre stage.
Set the mood with a few candles. You can cluster a collection of candles together or place them along the length of the table evenly. The Maxwell & Williams Aura Candle Holders are perfect and come in different sizes so are very versatile. This is a great tip to add extra warmth on those icy evenings but as with the florals, it's best to keep away from fragrant candles.
Create an eclectic tablesetting by combining the tableware you love. You can experiment here too by matching colours and patterns. Maxwell & Williams' Blue Antico collection has a range of serving platters and bowls in a number of sizes and shapes. This pattern is guaranteed to add a bold element to your gathering.
Stock up on some warming winter tipple. When you have friends over, instantly welcome them with a warming glass of red wine. Maxwell & Williams have a wonderful range of glassware that I use at home, Madison stemless being my favourite.