Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors shares her ideas for creating exceptional Christmas centrepieces.


Setting the Scene


Love it or loath it, it’s Christmas. Whether you are planning a formal Christmas dinner or a casual barbecue on the deck, it is always special for you and your guests to enjoy something a little different and to embrace the Christmas theme. Pinterest is a great option for last minute inspiration, especially if you are running a busy household like myself. So here are some creatively inspiring options.

Greenery that reflects Christmas for New Zealanders and commonly found in our gardens is perfect for your xmas table; olive branches, rosemary, bunches of fresh thyme, pine tree, bay-tree leaves and branches, and of course buxus balls. The fragrance of some of these greeneries can also be perfect for enhancing our food, including rosemary, thyme and pine.

Cutting off sprigs or branches and adding gold, white, red Christmas decorations can set the scene without spending a fortune. Get creative, people! For a more casual country look, natural raw brown string linens, with tea lights, fairy lights or long candle sticks in various colours to match your theme, can quickly create interesting centrepieces and place settings for your xmas table. Cinnamon sticks are a lovely twist for a traditional setting and florals will complement the base of the greenery. Meanwhile, white tablecloths, linens, or paper napkins will complement the Christmas colours well.

Spending special time with family over the holidays is the perfect opportunity to write your list of what you would like done to your interiors for 2019. A new kitchen or ensuite, new drapes or a lovely new sofa? Contact us we would love to help you


Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong Armstrong Interiors Ltd


Merry Christmas, much love, Angelique.
Visit or phone 03 356 2636.


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