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For New Years Eve I’m back in Oslo and the evening will be celebrated with friends in my new home. Knowing that a lot of my things still will be in boxes after the move I´ve already planned how to set the table for the special occasion and I hope to inspire you as well. The table setting does not take a lot of effort, the only preparations is buying the flowers and iron the linen. I love the casual feeling of it. Although it´s a special day it doesn’t mean that everything has to be perfect, you simply choose whatever you like the most, put a huge bouquet of flowers on the table and add the people you love. The evening will be great. Both the tableware and the textiles I´ve used is fromEllos and the good news is that if you live in the Oslo-area they guarantee that all orders placed before December 20.th will be delivered before Christmas. A great deal when time is running short, probably I’m not the only one being a bit late when it comes to everything that has to be done before the holidays.
For New Years Eve I prefer a table in hues of white. A clean canvas for new beginnings. Flowers that sparkle a bit and shiny brass for the festive feeling. I´ve chosen the tableware called Pure, it´s handmade and has a beautiful, matt surface. Plates and bowles placed with a napkin simply folded in between. To add more personality I chose to use a larger plate underneath with a nice beige color, golden cutlery and lighted candles.
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Wrapping the Christmas gifts should be a fun and easy activity. I always find it relaxing to sit down to wrap everything, and although the paper in some cases are torn of quickly its nice to gift someone with something you’ve spent time wrapping nicely. Pretty paper, ribbon or twine and some twigs for decoration is basically all you need. This year I found some nice additions at Ellos to what I already had in stock. Use the waxed paper with ribbon in your favorite color, or thetwine. I’ve added some eucalyptus for a personal touch, choose whatever you have in the house. Leftovers from wreaths, cones and dried flowers works well for this purpose. Enjoy!
This weekend I started to decorate my home for Christmas. Only a few items added to have a festive feeling throughout December. I always end up using less than I plan to, and the boxes with decorations I carried down from the attic is pretty much as full as they were before I started decorating. This year I decided to go for a soft color scheme, like I already have in my home. Hues of beige and grey, and for the first time ever, a deep red color I absolutely love. The candle holder in brass from Ferm Living is my advent wreath and together with a vase from Skagerak filled with straw (absolutely love these!) and a small bowl filled with walnuts on my table it turned out just as festive as I wanted it to. Not too much, just a subtle feeling of Christmas. Adding pillows for color is a bit of a cliché, but this time it worked out really well and the red one I came across at Houz last week is perfect. In soft alpaca wool from Elvang.
Removing a few items when you add Christmas decorations is always a good idea. Even though I want a bit more for Christmas I also want to keep the clean and modern expression in my home. So I removed some stuff to make room for the wooden decorations from Kristina Dam in my shelf.
The presents I already bought is wrapped, and I keep them in my living room as a decoration itself. Simply wrapped with light grey paper and a red ribbon. The grey paper is to be found at Norway Designs here in Oslo (they actually got the beautiful grey color made upon request as they wanted a color similar to the grey paper bags from COS. Love it!) and the red ribbon is to be found at Granit.
Christmas is closing up. The streets are decorated with twinkling lights, shops are loaded with gifts, markets are opening up around town, and even though I`m far from decorating my own home I kinda like getting into the mood by all of this. A little while ago I was asked by Rosendahl Design Group to decorate two tables at their event at Illums Bolighus in Oslo that took place earlier this week. Of course I wanted to, decorating tables and making some nice Christmas inspiration is something I enjoy very much.
I got to work with two themes, Dinner with friends and Christmas Breakfast, both with the beautiful Rhombe series from Lyngby Porcelæn. As for both of them I wanted to express a feeling of understated luxury. High quality products in everything from plates, glasses and vases but decorated in a casual way who sets the mood for a relaxed atmosphere and good conversations.
At the dinner with friends table I used the classic rifled Lyngby vase both in smoked and clear glass together with the crisp white Rhombe plates. On top of the plates a simple wreath of eucalyptus and the Lyngby Porcelæn Rhombe bauble. The bauble is both as decorative on the table as hanging on the Christmas tree. Did you know that the iconic Lyngby Porcelæn vase was designed already in 1936? The vase has become an icon since then and more popular than ever. Both in porcelain and glass, and in a wide variety of colors makes it easy to find your favorite. I prefer them casually placed on the table with just a few flowers or twigs in each, making the vase stand out by itself.
In my second table setting the theme was Christmas Breakfast. Imagining early morning, excited children and a slow and nice breakfast. Also decorated in the Scandinavian, clean way I prefer. The Lyngby Rhombe series is a tribute to the classic dinner set. A series with a subtle re-interpretation of a familiar pattern. The pattern originates from the large design archive of Lyngby Porcelain and had its debut on the popular series, Danild from 1961. Back then, the pattern was printed on the porcelain as transfermarks, but in the new and updated version the pattern is placed as reliefs on the rim of the plates.
To add some typical (at least for me!) Christmas flowers on the table I placed white Hyacinths in the Chapeau bowl. I have one of those myself and I love the shape, the matt surface of the porcelain and the versatility of it. Decorative on a shelf with the lid on, for storing smaller items, used as a bowl for soup or sweets, or with Hyacinths in for Christmas. The Chapeau bowl is designed by Milia Seyppel for Lyngby Porcelæn. Together with Lyngby candle holders it was the decorative objects needed.
All porcelain from the Lyngby Rhombe series. Glasses; Joe Colombo/Lyngby Porcelæn, linen napkins/Himla, steel cutlery Dorotea/Gense. Everything available at Illums Bolighus. The tables will be a part of the exhibition until December 31.st.
Photos by Anne-Margrethe Malkenes Mathisen/Rosendahl Design Group
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Halloween is coming up and it is a nice occasion to set the table and invite your friends and family for dinner. If you´re not a fan of the scary theme you can easily do a more elegant and autumnal table. I wanted my table setting to be a bit darker than usual, and with a few details that I associate with Halloween. For me that is pumpkins. I found some really nice ones in white and grey at the flower shop, I also have a beautiful tree in the backyard with dark leaves that I think suit the theme very well. And then of course the dark grey napkins and black plates.
Like I wrote earlier, this week is all about press events and fall news in Oslo. Yesterday Danish Lyngby Porcelain invited to dinner at Ett Bord to show their fall news and inspire to how to decorate the table with the beautiful rifled Lyngby vases and candle holders. Anne Mina Lillelien from Mina Milanda (you can see some photos from her flower shop here) showed us how to mix green leaves and flowers to create a casual look on the table and how well the Lyngby vases goes with both a big bouquet of flowers or a single leaf or flower. New color on the classic Lyngby Porcelain vase this year is the pretty green color, called Copenhagen Green seen below.