With just over 8 weeks to go until presents are unwrapped, prosecco is popped and stomachs are full from a glorious feast, we couldn’t help but ponder over our very own Christmas wishlists. From the gleaming glamour of an Eichholtz cocktail trolley, to delightfully cosy faux fur cushions by Winter Home and luminous lighting from Lee Broom, our expert Houseologists share some of their festive favourites for Christmas 2018…
Elegance with Eichholtz
We caught up with Heather MacMillan, Head of Buying at Houseology, on what brand is at the top of her Christmas list this year. A big fan of Eichholtz, Heather tells us why you can have it all with Eichholtz this season...
“Nothing says Hollywood glamour quite like the Eichholtz Majestic Trolley. I think this is a key luxurious furniture piece for the festive period, whether it’s for hosting parties, family dinners or cosy nights in. Sure to turn heads, the practical castor wheels make relocation a breeze when entertaining and the removable tray allows the drinks to come to you. Choose this as a great accessory to your living room ottoman when enjoying nibbles and drinks at cocktail hour.”
“I love the Branquinho Chandelier at the moment, as the Agate mineral trend is ever-prominent this season, crossing all categories. The combination of the semi-precious agate discs and the glamorous gold finish makes such an impact as the bulbs illustrate the natural variations in agate once lit. I love this light as it looks just as effective switched off as it does on and as the minerals are naturally occurring, the appearance of each stone is utterly unique every time making Branquinho a striking, bespoke focal point that you can truly call your own.”
“The last Eichholtz furniture piece that I can't get enough of is the mirrored glass and stainless steel finish of the Beverley Hills Coffee Table. I think it’s important to have a statement furniture piece in your living room all year round, but especially during the festive period. I like how versatile and timeless this coffee table is and adorning it with gingerbread scented candles and Christmas trinkets can make it a real showstopping focal point this Christmas.”
Cosy Comforts, Luxe Lighting & Marvellous Marble
From faux fur throws and crystal lighting to textured table tops, Houseology's Product Copywriter, Jen Law, gives us her top interior picks for the party season...
“Winter Home are definitely on my Christmas list! The Seal Silver Grey cushion is the perfect accent for armchairs or bed linen. The tonal silver grey colourway makes it super-easy to match any interior style and it’s soooo sumptuously soft... the fibre faux fur blend really does look like the real thing! I also love the Winter Home Plaid Grace Cashmere throw – the playful fringing and contemporary weave gives it a real Scandic look – ideal for curling up on the sofa during cold winter nights. “
“Lee Broom is also one of my firm favourite lighting brands. I love how the crystal bulb collection takes inspiration from the spirit (and spirits) of the Christmas season – tis the season to be jolly after all! Reminding me of my grandparents’ vintage drinks decanters, the unique cut crystal patterns makes the Lee Broom Decanterlight Chandelier 5 Piece look truly divine – perfect for making your Christmas interior shine!”
“Although Mid Century and retro Scandi designs are my preferred interior style, marble really is my guilty pleasure this season. I love the practicality and style of the Eichholtz Fredo Nesting Coffee Table Set of 2. The marvellous marble tops bring a beautiful feeling of tactility to pared back interiors and the pair are lightweight too, ideal for relocating when you’re entertaining over the festive period. Great for those who love to host, the table tops are easily wipeable so you can spend more time enjoying yourself rather than fretting over spillages on Christmas Day – result!”
From Philadelphia to Glasgow and all the terrain inbetween, Housology's Trade Executive, Sharmeen Shahid is a global jet-setter with a degree in Interior Design. Here, Sharmeen shares with us the influence of various cultures in interior design and what products she's loving right now...
“Coming from an Islamic culture, I have always been inspired by geometric designs in Islamic Art. I love the way different shapes can form intricate and complex patterns. That is perhaps why I am drawn towards the Houseology Collection Hex Geometric Wall Mirror in Silver. I would love to see it adorned in my hallway, flawlessly paired with the Eichholtz Montana Console Table. It would be a perfect reminder of home...”
“I have always believed that finishing touches cannot be afterthoughts; they need to be thoughtfully planned when you decorate your space. Cushions have always been one of my favourite accessories. The Designers Guild Manipur Cushion in Damson once again brings that geometric pattern I love, along with its luxurious fabric and colour combination, making it one of my favourites.”
“The Innermost Facet Chandelier creates a focal point for any space, whether it is installed above a dining table, stylishly placed in a hallway or adorned in a hospitality setting. This is one of my most favourite lights by Tom Kirk. The facets create the most amazing reflections, almost jewel-like, bringing a captivating character into any interior.”
A Festive Fusion
Carly Carbarns, Houseology's Marketing Campaign Planner and ultimate social media queen, shares her tips on combining textures this season...
“One of my favourite products this season is the Liang & Eimil Cohen Dining Chair. I love the 1920’s inspired silhouette and I think the brass accents look super Luxe for Christmas time. The use of velvet is fantastic too, it’s so opulent and adds instant luxury around any dining table! It’s also perfect for ensuring your dinner guests are comfortable as the sculpted, sloping sides and curved back allows for firm comfort and style, of course! The chair comes in a variety of colours, but I would say the Marine Blue is my favourite because it’s more luxurious and on trend.”
“I always love when one product combines two trends and I think the Houseology Collection Templar Iron Round Side Table is a great example of this. With the marble top and slimline iron rod base, this side table is sophisticated yet glamourous, the perfect Christmas combo. It’s also a fantastic price too so it won’t break the bank and can also act as a statement piece for your living room!”
“The speckled effect on this RV Astley Antique Mirrored Bedside Table gives a very luxurious boutique-hotel vibe which I think can add a little luxury to the bedroom. I like the antique look of the drawers too, it has a very timeless aesthetic and the brass frame gives a very elegant and expensive touch.”
“The Houseology Collection Sheepskin Rug is definitely at the top of my Christmas list this year! I absolutely adore the chic chalet vibe you can get with this incredible rug, it’s the perfect addition to any room if you want to create that cosy, comforting hygge aesthetic. It’s also a very versatile piece, although it may be a rug I think it would look beautiful draped over an armchair, or as a decorative throw across a sumptuous bed. Perfect for snuggling up in style on a snowy winter’s night”