As November turns into December, meteorological Winter begins. The excitement of festive preparations often eclipses this most beautiful of seasonal shifts, but these moments of quiet magic as the last leaves fall from the trees and the first frosts begin – the in-between time until the Winter Solstice on the 21st and start of Winter proper – are among my favourite. With so many of us spending so much time at home, I decided a special trans-seasonal tablescape would be a suitable way to mark the occasion, particularly with Thanksgiving taking place around the world today. I’ll be giving thanks for small seasonal joys and moments of calm at this tricky time.
My tablescape was inspired by the forest floor with a palette of dark evergreen and textures of bracken and pinecones. My new forest green linen tablecloth formed the backdrop with foraged foliage and cones as a centrepiece. I echoed the earthy hues in my choice of olive green beeswax and soy candles from Fairholme Studio and beeswax green tea candles from the beautiful Wax Atelier – they smell amazing too. Gold and brass highlights from my vintage crockery and candle holders nod to the holiday season to come. Mismatched cutlery and sage green H&M Home napkins with Gisela Graham acorn decorations and more dried foliage tied with twine finish the table. I made a quick wreath from leftover foraged leaves and popped it in the window with more candles. We cosied up with faux sheepskins and a pot of tea to enjoy a late seasonal lunch before the sun went down.
Are you celebrating the seasonal shift?