Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Dress the Perfect Festive Table

By Jo Littlefair, Director & Co-Founder of Goddard Littlefair 


November 2016: As the festive season approaches, Belvedere Garden's interior designer Jo Littlefair, of luxury interior design house Goddard Littlefair, shares original ideas for a stunning table display this Christmas.


Dressing the Table…

I love to see the outdoors coming indoors at Christmas, via a beautifully-laid table that really reflects the best the season can bring.


Along with clusters of berries or cones to serve as table decorations, you can find really beautiful seed heads – poppies are particularly good  – which look great arranged over individual linen napkins, loosely tied round with a thick silk ribbon.


A really elegant table should avoid reds and greens and employ subtler autumn colours such as plum or burnt orange. The sparing use of gold will always add some requisite seasonal glitz. Gold leaf, which is less expensive than you might imagine, can be broken up and applied with Gilding Size (a special adhesive) to apples or pears to make great-looking table decorations.


Candlelight is a must, and a central display of pillar candles of varying heights can’t be beaten, with grosgrain ribbon wrapped generously around the base and tied into artful knots.


It’s great to make the extra effort too to personalise place settings for your guests, using rubber stamps for each guest’s name or embossed paper to wrap an individual gift. How about a seasonal scent for everyone in the form of a personalised fragrance or eau de cologne?


To keep the kids happy – old or young – there has to be an element of fun. Strips of ordinary brown wrapping paper can be laid across the table in each direction to serve as a cheap-as-chips table runner. Between courses guests would be asked to write down the answers to a quiz or to make their own Christmas joke, with a prize for the best. More artistic guests could be set the task of drawing a winter animal or bird – foxes and robins, reindeer or owls.


Belvedere Gardens, developed by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, is the third building at Southbank Place to be launched and offers the scheme’s most exclusive apartments to date, providing unmatched spectacular views across London.


These design-driven apartments will vary in price and size, with a one-bedroom apartment starting from £1,050,000.


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About Jo Littlefair
Jo Littlefair is a Director and Co-founder of leading interiors studio Goddard Littlefair, specialists in the interpretation of contemporary luxury for leading residential, hospitality and spa clients. The London-based design consultancy has won five awards for its international portfolio so far in 2016 and is shortlisted for a further ten, all to be announced before the end of the year.




About Southbank Place

Southbank Place is being developed by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.


About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.


The Canary Wharf Estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.  It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.


Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.





About Qatari Diar

Qatari Diar is a global leader in sustainable real estate, building landmark projects of unrivalled scope and vision. We create vibrant communities dedicated to capturing the hearts and imaginations of the people we serve. These developments are conceived from our commitment to preserving and reflecting local characters and traditions and our visions have created places with a sense of identity and purpose where people aspire to live, work and visit.


Qatari Diar’s European operation is based in London, and boasts several key local projects, including a landmark residential development at the 12 acre Chelsea Barracks site in Belgravia; Southbank Place, a mixed-use joint venture between Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group situated in a prime central London location on the south bank of the River Thames; 30 Grosvenor Square, the current US Embassy in London, which will become a luxury hotel, retail and event space; and East Village & Elephant Park, a joint venture with Delancey and APG, offering more than 4000 private residential apartments for rent. 


Qatari Diar seeks to harness the world’s greatest architectural and design talent in order to create sustainable communities that will stand the test of time.