I believe that styling your table just as important as the food you serve. Making just a small effort to dress a table, by adding flowers, or tea-lights, or simply by taking out your good crystal, and cutlery which you normally reserve for “special occasions” should be used and loved more often. My own mother has a set of Waterford Crystal wine glasses which she resolutely reserves for use on Christmas day only! the rest of the year, the glasses sit forlornly and forgotten in a box under the stairs.
My sister runs her own business “Splendid Days” which is an boutique marquee, furniture and accessory hire studio. She has ALWAYS been into styling and interiors, and has taken this passion with her into her professional life by starting up a new business. Her mantra has always been about ” setting a scene” whether that is simple and casual, or a little more extravagant, the need for “Style” is always important.
I believe that I fall somewhere in between, I do like a relaxed vibe about a home, and most especially around my dinner table. Sunday lunch is something that must be relaxed, unfussy and simple. Its a simple meal shared with friends and family and you get comfort knowing that formality can be left at the door!
Last Sunday we had my family over for Sunday Roast, with a simple gingham table cloth and few bold and bright flowers put into old jam jars and vases suddenly the table takes on a whole new look, not only do the flowers brighten up the table, but they certainly brighten up my day! Dave took a few photos, whilst also being chef for the day! now who said that men cannot multi-task?
Photographs and video by David McClelland