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How to style a festive Christmas table with M&S homewares.

This year I decided to celebrate Christmas with a festive room.

If you have been following me on here, you would have seen that it was originally a white room that was starting to look a bit run down and tired.

I started off by restoring my oak table with interior wax from Ronseal, and then giving the room a fresh lick of Frenchic paint. The final step in this room’s transformation, was the styling of my Christmas table, and I’ve decided to do this with the beautiful tableware collection from Marks & Spencer.

We always host a large family Christmas party in our home and it’s always a fun day.

I’ve decided to have a trial run for four here. Christmas table Since the room is so colourful, I decided that the table should be simple.

Instead of using separate placemats, I’ve used 2 table runners on either side of my Christmas table. I didn’t want to use a table cloth as I wanted to show off my beautifully waxed table. I’ve gone for elegant white plates,  plain white napkins and brass cutlery. The crockery is the 12 Piece Maxim Box dinner set from M&S. I used to go over the top with Winter foliage on my Christmas table, but I found that although beautiful, when we wanted to eat, we had to move everything away from the table.

This time I wanted decor that could stay on the table with the food.

I’ve decided to use some iconic centrepieces like paper Christmas trees, cute reindeers and a nutcracker. I’ve tried to keep the table decor harmonious with the painted wall.

So, I’ve used reds, yellows, greens and golds. I have also lit up the table with tea lights, candles and sparkly fairy lights. Don’t the lights make you feel so happy and cosy? To start, I would serve my guests some sparkly Prosecco.

How cute are these glasses from Marks & Spencer? When you have Prosecco, you need to snack on something right? I’ve used this Ash Wood Oblong Dip Platter to serve up some olives and nuts. In the background, I will burn a berry scented candle and play some soft soothing Christmas tunes.

That star serving dish is also by M&S. Here’s another view of my Christmas room with the painted pin board I created to put up my Christmas prints and cards. I love looking at the board. What do you think? Doesn’t the Christmas table look magical with a nutcracker? This beautiful white and gold Christmas crackers are also from Marks and Spencer. After the Christmas meal, we usually go for a lovely evening walk in the park. These festive mugs will come in handy for hot cocoa after the walk. Maybe, I should add a little tipple of brandy in as a treat? That Christmas art print is by Osotwee.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little glimpse into our Christmas table and room.

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership with Marks and Spencer.)

How to restore a wooden dining table to its former glory with Ronseal Interior wax.

I can’t believe it’s one more week till December and soon the Christmas rush will set in.

Last year, I went all out with a rainbow Christmas tree, but this year I’ve decided to do something a little different.

I’ve decided to convert one of my workspaces into a Christmas room.

This will be done over 3 phases and I will show its progress over 3 posts. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed my large oak study table previously on Instagram, but it has taken quite a battering over the years. It was originally a dining table with two wooden benches. I’ve decided to restore it back to its former glory.

I’m not sure what I was thinking of, but I had painted the benches white too. That now all needs stripping out. I’ve discovered a fast and effective way to restore wooden furniture, and I thought I’d share the steps here.

I’ve decided to use Ronseal Interior wax for a matt finish. I’ve picked a natural matt finish to match my table.It’s really simple to use, just brush on after the table is prep. No buffing required. It provides excellent protection against knocks, scuffs and touch dries in 20 minutes. Here’s a list of what’s needed to start the project: Ronseal interior wax, 120 grit fine sanding paper, sanding block, gloves, mask, lint free cloth and brush.

Step 1: Sand along the line of the wood grain very gently. You can see the area sanded on the left compared to the right.

Step 2: Once sanded, wipe the table down with a wet lint free cloth. Then allow to dry. Step 3: gently brush on the Ronseal interior wax on the wood surface. Paint along the line of the wood grain. Step 4 : Allow to dry. It only takes 20 minutes. Can you see how beautiful the table now looks? The wood grain has come through so well. I’m so looking forward to styling this table for our Christmas feast.

I hope you will follow me in my progress as I refurbish this room into a warm and cosy Christmas space.

The next step in my Christmas DIY would be the walls. I’m going to do a Christmas statement wall. What colour do you think I’ll go for?

I’m so happy to have this table back to its former glory. Such an easy update to make everything tired look new and beautiful again.

Have a lovely start to your week.

This is a paid partnership post but all opinions are my own. All photography are by me.

Boden-Christmas-baubles-2-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell No sooner have I finished one festive table setting, I’m now on to the next! I simply couldn’t resist when I saw the Boden Homewares collection.

Boden is a brand I genuinely hold close to my heart. My children grew up wearing Boden and they still do now. I certainly have a love for all their colourful clothing and I’m simply adoring their sparkly shoes this festive season.

For as long as I can remember, I have always hoped for Boden to bring out a homewares collection. I was over the moon when I found out that they have finally decided to do a Home range, in true Boden style.

I am so excited to style their new collection. Colourful-baubles-by-Boden-1--photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Check out those colourful baubles. Don’t they scream out happiness? Definitely Super, Lovely and Hello!!

I decided to style a children’s Christmas table. Instead of an actual mini Christmas tree, I decided to display the baubles using my teal coloured mug stand. Kind of gives it that quirky Contemporary feel don’t you think? Colourful-Christmas-table-with-Boden-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell For the place settings, I used Boden’s colour block striped placemats and Slogan coaster sets.

The paper plates and reindeer napkins are from Meri Meri. Boden-table-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell So much fun styling this. The wonderful thing about those placemats and baubles are that, they can be used all year round, not just for Christmas. Boden-Christmas-table-1-Little-Big-Bell- They’re great as Christmas gifts too. Christmas-Boden-Little-Big-Bell Even better, they are all now on sale. Boden-Winter-2016-candle-Little-Big-Bell-blog This London in Winter scene candle, has the perfect sweet notes of Christmas Puddings, when burned. It comes in a beautifully illustrated box too.

Looking at it, is making me long for snow. Boden-tea-towels-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These tea towels are just the perfect pops of colour to light up any kitchen. Boden-mugs-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have a weakness for colourful mugs. These two have managed to make it in my growing collection.

Hope you have enjoyed my festive post. Will you be decorating a kids’ table too?

Wishing you good week ahead.

( All Styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, Editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Boden. All views are my own).

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