How to create a collector's Christmas

The festive season is the perfect opportunity to put your antiques centre stage. From new ways with teacups to embellishing with brooches, Christmas never looked so bright...

1. Give your guests a festive welcome – hark back to a Victorian Christmas by displaying antique books in intriguing piles on a console table.

Wall painted in ‘Card Room Green’ Estate Emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5l; stairs painted in ‘Pigeon’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, both Farrow & Ball. Chippendale period mahogany side table, £2,500, AG Horne Antiques. Antique books, from a selection from £2 each, The Antiques Warehouse. Glass bottle, £35; candle holder, £3, both Packhouse. ‘Leaf Green’ dining candle (in bottle), £36 for a set of 12, True Grace. Smoked cut glasses, £5 each, Rockett St George. Green Jianxi jar, £550 for a pair, Guinevere. Decorative urn, £45, Sunbury Antiques Market. Fluted green glass vase, £45, Raj Tent Club. Moss balls, £4.99 (large), £2.99 (small), Longacres Garden Centre. Vintage glass baubles, from a selection, eBay. Present wrapped in ‘Leicester’ wallpaper in ‘Woad/Sage’, £72 per roll, Morris & Co at The Style Library. ‘Dark Bark’ velvet ribbon, £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux 

2. Turn a plain green wreath into something spectacular using a collection of brooches to adorn the inside of your front door. 

Door painted in ‘Down Pipe’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Handmade natural wreath, from £30, Winters Workshop. Selection of brooches, sourced from charity shops, prices from £1–£3; The Antiques Warehouse, £5 each; Joanna Elton and Gillian Horsup at Grays, prices from £12–£50. ‘Rose Pink’ velvet ribbon, £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux 

3. Antique teacups are worthy of becoming a focal point in your living room. 

Walls painted in ‘Card Room Green’ Estate Emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Early 20th-century Spanish rug, £350; 19th-century club leather armchair, £3,200, both AG Horne Antiques. Gold cushion, £42; green velvet cushion, £40, both Raj Tent Club. Antique books, from a selection from £2 each, The Antiques Warehouse. Green port glass, £6, Packhouse. Mince pie, £1.50, Gail’s Artisan Bakery. Presents wrapped in ‘Leicester’ wallpaper in ‘Woad/Sage’, £72 per roll; ‘Standen’ wallpaper in ‘Forest’, £61 per roll; ‘Acanthus’ wallpaper in ‘Privet’, £72 per roll, all Morris & Co at The Style Library. Swedish Dala horse, £115 for 25cm, The Swedish Wooden Horse Company. Norway Spruce Christmas tree, from £30, from a selection at Crockford Bridge Farm. Tree decorated with antique baubles sourced from eBay, and tiny antique cups, £6 each, from Sunbury Antiques Market. French brass candlesticks, £98 per pair, The Antiques Warehouse. Glass candlesticks, from £11 each, Packhouse. ‘Leaf Green’ and ‘Flint’ dining candles, £36 for a set of 12, True Grace. Antique teacups, from £15, The Antiques Warehouse. Velvet ribbons, from £1.65 per m, all VV Rouleaux 

4. A collection of pewter makes a fabulous table centrepiece. Fill urns, jugs and tankards with water and mophead hydrangeas.  

Shutters painted in ‘Down Pipe’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Panelled wall painted in ‘Juniper Green’ Chalky Interior Matt, £47 per 2.5l, Marston & Langinger. 19th-century farmhouse table, £1,250; 19th-century yew knife-back chairs and 19th-century ash north country chairs, from £1,650, all AG Horne Antiques. Small pewter jugs, from £8; small pewter tankards, from £6; large pewter wine jug, from £48; pewter charger (used as a cheese board), £30; pewter teapot, £34; pewter candlesticks, £45 for a pair, all Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair. Green glasses, £6 each, Packhouse. Regency dinner plates and side plates, £680 for a full dining set of 10 including matching serveware; red floral early Victorian Staffordshire teacup and saucer trio, £35; Aynsley 1891 hand-painted blue teacup and saucer trio, £85, all The Antiques Warehouse. Green glass baubles, from £8.25, Raj Tent Club. Green French bauble (on plate), £6, eBay. ‘Leaf Green’ dining candle, £36 for a set of 12, True Grace. ‘Forest Green’ napkins, £21.84 for 10, Richard Haworth. Vintage cutlery, £16 for four knives and forks, Packhouse. Table runner (made from vintage floral fabric), £15, Sunbury Antiques Market. Pink pom pom garland, £18, The Shop Next Door 

5. For a novel idea – and an excuse to show off your silver goblets and trophies – make individual napkin rolls. 

Wall painted as before. Table and chair as before. Large trophy, £265; small goblet, £125, both Alfies Antique Market. ‘Forest Green’ napkins, £21.84 for 10, Richard Haworth. Vintage cutlery, £16 for four knives and forks; linen table runner, £20, all Packhouse. Velvet ribbons, all £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux. Pewter mug, £8, Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair. Antique plates, from a selection, The Antiques Warehouse 

6. You may perhaps have a spare silver antique tray that you could use for this decorative idea. 

Window frame and shutters painted in ‘Down Pipe’ Estate Eggshell, £60 per 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Silver tray, £55, Packhouse. ‘Black’ velvet ribbon; ‘Leaf Green’ velvet ribbon, both £1.65 per m, VV Rouleaux 

Photographs: Katya De Grunwald
Twitter/Instagram: @katyadegrunwald 

Styling: Selina Lake

 

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