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Winter Edition 2018

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Awesome creative alumni interviews with David Linley, David Yarrow, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and your ultimate Christmas gift guide make this our best edition yet!


ENTERTAINING TABLE talk Whatever your style, a beautifully decorated table is the bedrock for creating that perfect Christmas atmosphere We stress about the turkey, deliberate over which way to cook the sprouts and always leave laying the table until the last minute. Your table sets the tone for the day so it should be given the love and attention it deserves. We speak to the co-founders at OKA who share their top tips and years of design expertise, to make your Christmas a day to truly remember. Co-founders Annabel Astor, Sue Jones and Lucinda Waterhouse have been designing and travelling the world to source beautiful unique furniture and homewares for nearly 20 years. Making interiors look warm and welcoming is what they do best. Here, Sue shares some of her invaluable expertise. GET THE LOOK Lakadema Leopard Candle Holders (2) £44 OKA, Faux Tortoiseshell Round Placemats (4) £98 OKA, Washakie Velvet Chair £320 OKA, Kraft gift tags (10) £1.50 Paperchase, Tortoiseshell Tumblers (4) £36 OKA, Jute Rope Twine £3.45 Pipii, Dried Orange Slices (30g) £2.50 Hobbycraft, Wide Denisoni Vase £54 OKA, Velvet Tasselled Cushion Cover £60, OKA, Pillar LED Candle £16 OKA, Habico Decorative Dried Cinnamon Sticks, (12) £3 John Lewis Top tips for decorating your Christmas Table As Christmas is a busy time for everyone it’s worth thinking about your table design, tableware and decorations well in advance of the big day. I think candlelight is one of the most important elements on any dining table as it has the ability to create a wonderful atmosphere. LED candles are perfect if you have children at the table, they are incredibly realistic and give a soft warm glow. Every year I think of a fun new way to display name cards and your guests will appreciate the personal touch. This year I’ve written cards attached with black ribbon and hung them from the candleholders. If you want to add a touch of drama to your Christmas table, try hanging lamps and overhead centre pieces (just make sure they are hung high-enough so your guests don’t hit their heads!) Instead of flowers, I like to fill vases with sticks of cinnamon and dried fruits as their signature Christmas scent adds to the dining atmosphere. 46 ★ W I NTER 18

“I wanted to create a rustic and inviting Christmas table, bursting with individuality”