In the hands of Rupert Smith, Christmas decorating has been given an intriguing twist defined by gothic influences, ornate flourishes and foraged wild botanicals.
Art De La Table
Of all the elements that make up a Christmas gathering, it is the festive table that should conjure up the biggest sense of drama and occasion. With a centrepiece that evokes romantic notions of just-foraged greenery, opulent chandeliers hung fashionably low, theatrical black candles, green glassware displayed en masse, muted gold cutlery and artfully mismatched crockery, this reimagined offering is suitably show-stopping and edgy – its inspiration drawn from the still life paintings of the Dutch Old Masters (with a touch of Nick Cave) and al fresco living.
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
A potted, well-established indoor ficus assumes the role of Christmas-tree-in-chief complete with gifts positioned in their rightful place. The wrapping paper with its dark background and moody botanicals connects with the greater decorative theme.
Aesthetes will appreciate the visual harmony of wrapped Christmas presents that connect with the greater decorative scheme.
Rupert’s head-turning kitchen is a laboratory of creativity and a case study for the perfect balance of colour, texture, materials, functionality and style.
Let Them Eat Cake
An out-of-the-ordinary cake with jewel-box shades seems like just desserts for this moody merry Christmas. A vanilla sponge has been covered with aubergine purple tinted buttercream.
Additional decorations include hand-painted macarons(buy cream or white macarons and paint them with gel food colouring) and grapes sprinkled with edible gold dust, finished with pomegranate seeds.
Sprigs of pepper tree branches have been shaped into an abstract wreath above the bed; an impermanent living decoration that is in keeping with Rupert’s super natural Christmas theme downstairs.