I was inspired by garden roses and the nodding heads of hellebores filling January borders. I love English country gardens on crisp midwinter afternoons: 3pm when it is already dusk and the frost from the morning still remains. As always, I drew this print by hand. The tablecloth is finished with a ruffle, frilled hem. The shades of green reference evergreen foliage - of course - but I can't forget the Lehariya Gate of Jaipur City Palace too (pictured).
The roses from Rosanna's first print have bloomed, climbing and rambling across this block print with some in bud and some in full, abundant bloom. The fabric is a vivid sage green with roses outlined in deep forest green. Perfect for the festive season but equally delightful on a spring table.
There is a pretty 3 inch ruffle at the hem.
Printed by hand, no two tablecloths are ever quite the same. Block printing is a technique handed down from generation to generation, whether it is the deft, delicate touch required to carve the motifs from teak or pear wood, or the light, exact tap used to stamp onto fabric.
Matching napkins available
Sold in two sizes:
170cm x 270cm
180cm x 350cm
Machine wash cold on a gentle cycle. Do not bleach. For air drying, please avoid direct sunlight. To tumble drying, please use a low heat. The product can be ironed on a low setting and dry cleaned. Full care guidelines here.
100% Indian cotton
Last year we were in Jaipur over the winter. I loved the novelty of celebrating the season in the heat but I'm taking full advantage of every festive opportunity in London this year!
I adore these scalloped edge plates from Bonadea. They even reference Jaipur in their name. They are more pastel than a typical festive palette but layered with rich velvet ribbons to tie the cutlery, fairy lights and taper candles, the scene becomes romantic and wintery.
Talking of the lighting, I threaded ivy, mistletoe and berries from the garden through the fairy lights.
The design is stamped by hand onto Indian cotton using the ancient technique of block printing, for which Jaipur is famed. It is a craft that has been handed down from generation to generation. No two napkins will be quite the same due to the hand-technique used.
Sold as a pair. The price stated is for 2 napkins.
Napkin size: 43cm x 43cm
Machine wash cold on a gentle cycle. Do not bleach. For air drying, please avoid direct sunlight. To tumble drying, please use a low heat. The product can be ironed on a low setting and dry cleaned.Full care guidelines here.
100% Indian cotton
This muted floral centrepiece is one of my favourite ways to mark the season. I deconstructed a Winter White bouquet from Wild At Heart in tiny spice jars and taller bud vases. Cotton Expression roses referenced the block print but I also adore the textural additions of cotton and hellebore.
I hold my hands up: this was the first time I had a major dinner party cookery fail! The yellow split lentils in the pumpkin rasam just wouldn't cook despite 24 hours of soaking and 4 hours of cooking. I gave up and raided the freezer where there was a curry from a week before (the relief!) . We laughed and ate more crisps and olives while waiting... Pudding was at least a success. This hazlenut pavlova with spiced winter fruits felt suitably festive without being heavy. Time to eat, drink and be merry!
P.S. I'm hosting a masterclass in Belgravia on December 5th, as well as a pop-up at Beulah until December 16th. Tickets here in aid of Vimukti Sanstha.
Photography: Georgia Meramo
Flowers: Wild At Heart
Scallop plates, champagne coupes and salt cellar: Bonadea
Mistletoe plates: Portmerion x Sophie Conran
Taper candles: Candle Flair
Jewellery: Soru Jewellery
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