Winter’s Night In Wishlist

Debenhams Monsoon crockery set

I have a bit of a thing about plates. It’s quite similar to my love of cushions, candles and towels. I can’t help myself. If I see a pretty plate I must have it. Currently I am annoying the rest of the family with a large pile of lovely teaplates stacked in the cupboard, from contemporary geometric designs, to vintage tea plates, to plain white and then back again to a lovely vintage mis-matched set that I adore. I really should pack some of them away!

Why am I telling you this? Well I have had a bit of a thing for this Denby Monsoon set  above ever since I saw it last Christmas. I think it’s understated but with just the right amount of glamour and glitz. Perfect for a Winter’s night-in dinner party with family or friends. Of course, I tend to not keep things for ‘best’ and love to use pieces every day – why not enjoy them if you have them, life’s too short. BUT I do think I’d be pushing it if I added this set to our collection just yet. So, I’ll just have to satisfy myself with gazing at it longingly on the blog.

How would I use it if I was giving that dinner party? Well how about this? I’ve added it to a wish list of pieces that would work with my contemporary home, for a relaxing dinner party with friends.

Winter's night in wishlist and moodboard


So starting at the top with my little lifestyle image of the lovely Denby Monsoon set, I think it needs some dramatic Betty Jackson champagne flutes. You can’t have a dinner party without some Prosecco or even the real thing, right and I love the drama of the rich, dark glass?  Then as it’s Christmas, let’s jazz up the table with some ornate napkin rings by Julien McDonald, and add a focal point with a sparkling table runner. It’s the perfect table accessory to leave on the table all over Christmas and the New Year whilst you are celebrating.

Now, when dinner is over I like to move away from the table and relax on the sofa, this Ben de Lisi large grey textured sofa has my vote for its cool contemporary styling. I’ll still be sipping my wine of course, and maybe enjoying a real log fire. Dressing the sofa with this John Rocha Mongolian cushion will help everyone feel really relaxed and comfortable, whilst the very cool grey Messina side table is the perfect spot to sit my wine glass. Finally, no Winter’s night-in would be complete without candles, and these storm candle holders are just what you need. I’ve been after a few of these for a little while too. Easy and safe to move around, they can add to your decor as well as offer subtle, romantic lighting when you need it. Choose from the small decorative lantern, or the mini lantern, or why not go for both.

So what do you think of my Winter’s night-in wishlist? Cosy and comfy? Or not your style?

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Kimberly Duran
    November 20, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Aww I love that plate set!! It’s gorgeous. I’m a bit weird with plates too – have loads of them and can’t stop myself getting more! You’d think we entertained for loads of people constantly (sadly not the case) but I agree with you, I don’t just save them for ‘best’, I like to use them on a Saturday night to make it feel like dinner is a bit of an occasion 🙂 Lovely wish list as well, loving the black champagne flutes! xx

  2. Kate
    November 20, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Ooh, love the side table Jen! x

  3. Rachel
    November 20, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    Love it – most definitely cosy and comfortable! The Monsoon plates are lovely, they’ve caught my eye before too.

  4. Sue
    November 20, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    I prefer gold over silver but love the plate too!! Having a cosy night in tonight with some Babysham and a film

  5. Arianna
    November 20, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    lovely choices Jen – Love the side table and lanterns 🙂

    A x

  6. Stacey
    November 20, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    How very glam Jen. I’d like to come to one of your dinner parties x

  7. Karen
    November 21, 2015 / 9:33 am

    I so want some of these Mongolian cushions. Every time I see them I just want to scatter them everywhere. Love!!

  8. Maxine Brady
    November 21, 2015 / 10:21 am

    I have the same thing about plates. I have 100s I’ve collected over the years from charity shops – or junk markets or people give them to me as gifts. I’ve decided as the vintage look don’t fit so well with my home anymore – to hang them on my garden wall to create a pretty little cosy corner.

  9. Hannah
    November 21, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Oh cosy and comfy all the way! I really love the side table in the moodboard, really warms things up. Lovely 🙂

  10. Antonia Ludden
    November 21, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Love everything here, Jen! The Denby Monsoon set is gorgeous, too, I haven’t seen that design before – just lovely xx

  11. Tiff
    November 23, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    I’m all for creating a cosy and informal feeling to kick back in after a dinner party…not that we’ve held anything close to that in the past couple of years! Love the side table!

  12. Carol Martin
    November 23, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    You are brilliant with your thoughts .Amazing thoughts and well written.You have done excellent job with the article.I am glad to read the post .A big thanks for the post keep sharing

  13. Blooming flowers
    November 26, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Very nice thought and brilliant idea.I like side table..It is looking so nice.

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