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.
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?