Certain lovely objects feed our Christmas fantasies …
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We all have an ideal Christmas in our mind’s eye, don’t we? It might feature a windswept rural landscape, a wood-burning stove, a table dressed simply with Irish linen and ceramics; it could be cookbook writer Nigel Slater’s elegantly spare interior, his tree dressed with vintage glass ornaments, with a view of his dreamy snow-dusted garden; or it might be the Cotswolds-style Christmas with exposed brick chimney hung with a fresh eucalyptus wreath, a perfectly stacked log pile and plaid rugs on the sofas. Year after year, our Christmas fantasies (mostly unfulfilled) remain fundamentally the same and speak to the same emotions and traditions – peace and quiet after a riotous run-up, a carefully laid table for the Big Day, and time to enjoy relaxed days and evenings, walks, jigsaws, gardening, leftovers, with family and friends, between Christmas and New Year.
As ever, The White Company elegantly delivers the Christmas trappings and trimmings that contribute to the feast and the festive period. On the door, a brilliant faux wreath, on the mantel, a natural-looking garland that lasts from year to year. On the table, fluted glassware catches the light, a scalloped glass trifle bowl becomes the star of the dessert table. Translate this low-key luxury to your wardrobe via a simple grey velvet slip dress and low silver slingbacks, or a soft grey wool cardigan with cigarette pants and ballet flats. In your mind’s eye, you’re gliding over to the bar tray, mixing a festive cocktail before your guests arrive. There’s a scented soap for the guest loo, and delicious bath oils for tomorrow’s long, luxurious morning bath, after which you’ll slip into the softest of cashmere robes … With a fantasy like this, why not keep dreaming?
Porcelain shawl-collar long cashmere robe, €428, at The White Company.
Silver ultimate Champagne trug, €280, at The White Company.
Winter soap, €16, at The White Company.
Optic glass serving bowl, €78, at The White Company.
Charcoal silk velvet bias-cut slip dress, €246, at The White Company.
Metallic slingback kitten-heel shoes, €143, at The White Company.
Advent calendar, €228, at The White Company.
Pre-lit ultimate pinecone wreath, €189, at The White Company.
White cloud grey bottle camber lamp, €189, at The White Company.