Christmas Trends 2017!

Styling: Anita Parise and Renee Lenzarini
Blog: Anita Parise with Renee Lenzarini
Photography: Anita Parise
Inspiration: Christmas Trends 2017, traditions and specialties

Anita: “December … you either love or loathe this time of year.  I have officially done all my Christmas shopping, my tree is up, our lights are on and this year I am loving it!  It’s now time to think of how I would like to decorate my table on the big day … but before I get into that with you all, I thought I would share our thoughts and interpretation on this years’ styling trends.  Renee and I have spent literally hours this year flicking through magazines and Pinterest accounts, as many of us do, searching for inspiration. Along the way, we began to notice some trends that we had pinned as potential Christmas themes. This year we have decided to put together a mood board for all our GR fans using a collaboration of our decorations and household collectables to create our themes.  We hope that we can inspire you to create your own version of the most on-trend themes this year.”

Here are our top 3 themes. See how you can achieve this at home yourself without spending hardly a dime!


TRADITIONAL

Anita: “We have opted for the classic Christmas colours of red, green and gold. We used a table centre piece bought on sale last year which has beautiful gold pears, large cream roses and gold leaves. We added red and green highlights using berries, gorgeous little glittery birds with long feathery tails (which are super on trend right now) and added a handful of ornaments – my favourite being a hand painted bauble that Renee brought in Siena.  The traditional theme can also be used as an accent on the table by using a coloured table-cloth or runner. Pick a few of your favourite baubles and ensure that they have some sparkle to them for that added extra glam.”

Renee: “Even though Christmas is extremely busy here at Golden Ravioli, it is my absolute most favourite time of the year, with Christmas Eve the highlight of the season.  As a family we love listening to Christmas carols as we gleefully wrap each gift with the utmost care (our favourite Christmas artists are The Rat Pack, Mr. Michael Buble and Boney M!)”

“Nothing quite says Christmas more to me than classic Christmas colours and shades – and all the tradition they represent. Red, green, gold and silver instantly evoke images of Christmas markets, Paddington Bear, the North Pole, Santa’s workshop and my personal favourite holiday film, ‘Love Actually’!  Symbolically, these colours are associated with the old-world spirit of Christmas, festive cheer, innocence and the magic of Christmas.  I understand seasonal fashion and interiors trends, but I truly believe you should never mess with a classic.  So, this year – for a slight variation – choose gold metallics to complement red, warm metallics like rose gold and copper to create a softer look or tartan to instantly add a relaxed country feel.  Enjoy creating a beautiful Christmas at home by entertaining your loved ones with all the classic trimmings.”


VINTAGE MODERN

Anita: “The name suggests such a clash of eras but here is how this works. You use vintage inspired items in a modern, clean and updated way. The colours we have picked for this theme are muted golds, silvers and champagne with pastel features. Pastels have been a huge trend this year and for something really different we decided that it would make a wonderful addition to our Christmas themes. We used a gorgeous wire reindeer filled with white and silver baubles, champagne and pearl coloured glass ornaments and large, pastel poinsettia decorations (which were also purchased a few years ago on sale at Myer). To achieve this look at home select subdues tones – sticking to a very light colour palette for ultimate sophistication.”


COASTAL

“This theme is one we do not often see at Christmas. For many of us though, Christmas is often spent at the beach so we thought it would be a nice nod to our island home. We have also taken a few elements of coastal styling that we have noted in various home and design magazines and thought, ‘Why not work it into our Christmas table?’ Here we used natural textures to create our look. We teamed grey, blue and green hues with crisp white to set the coastal scene.  Featuring a light blue/grey linen tablecloth from Kmart, we styled it back with ceramic and pearl white, glass ornaments with hints of silver bling.  Keeping it coastal we added some beautiful silver dollar foliage and some pretty little sea shells which my son collects every time we go to the beach. The silver and white bon-bon made our look extra ‘Christmassy.’ If you don’t have any sea shells on hand but still love the colour palette, you could also use wooden or pine ornaments, starfish, driftwood or craft twine.  We swapped the shells for succulents for a super cool setting.”

“Whichever way you choose to set your table this year, remember you can never go wrong with simplicity.  Simple linen, crisp white crockery and beautiful glass wear never fail. Use your theme as an accent of a style that best represents you and your meal. Let your table be inviting and not overcrowded to ensure your food is the hero.  After all, that is what we are all here for … oh and perhaps the presents!”

We hope you are all enjoying the preparation leading up to Christmas!  Be sure to look out for an extra special Christmas recipe to make your Christmas celebrations super delicious!

Have a most Merry Christmas GR fans and a spectacular New Year,

Anita, Renee & the GR Team.

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