Christmas Countdown, Festive Tablescaping with Ronny de Koning

How to create a festive table, in true Petersham style

Petersham Nurseries is well known for its spirited, seasonal tablescapes, and Global Buyer, Ronny de Koning has had a wealth of experience designing beautiful set ups. A former florist, and the buyer of all the heritage and antique pieces that enter the Nurseries, Ronny marries nature with the artisan in a truly romantic way.

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A Special Occasion

Christmas only comes around once a year so it’s a chance to celebrate and be creative with your table by bringing out your best china that has been hiding in the back of your cupboard, those special glasses you’ve been saving (Murano are our favourite), and matching it with a table dressing that’s different from your year-round pieces.

We love Bertozzi linen tablecloths and napkins  for a chic base layer on your table. You can find these in beautiful grey colours on our online shop, or in red and green in the Shop at Richmond. Handmade by Italian artisans, these are stamped using blocks of pear wood, resulting in a wonderful, ethereal print that brings atmosphere whatever the occasion.

Special pieces of crockery add flair and different shapes, and we always love to pair these with elegant candle sticks, to tie the table together. There are a number of our favourite styles available online, like the brass candlesticks pictured here, and you can find many more in our shops, alongside Christmas decorations, eclectic homewares and quirky gift ideas.

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Nature at the heart of the table

Bringing the outdoors in at this time of year is an effective way to decorate your table. A large vase of bare tree branches and foraged garden foliage can look both dramatic and stylish, and depending on your style, I like to mix these natural ingredients with seasonal fruits and a few Christmas decorations, scattered across the table