Soft furnishings designer and manufacturer, Gerry Young’s colourful festive table is as simple as it is stunning

Preferring to show the beautiful patina of the wooden table top, Gerry Young chose not to have a tablecloth. She then combined brightly coloured vases with individual blooms, butterfly motif place mats and dip-dyed napkins to create a table that bursts with interest. “Colourful Chinese lanterns suspended above the table give it an especially celebratory feel,” explains Gerry. She also used interesting crockery and cutlery with a vintage feel to give the setting a casual, welcoming look, enhanced by the mismatched chairs and bright cushions to make guests as comfortable as possible.colour

Gerry’s table decor tips:

  • Break up a supermarket bunch of flowers and place in different vases for more impact.
  • Attach Chinese lanterns to a piece of fishing line with wire paper clips and string the line from one corner of the space to the other, or create a framework from dowel rods and suspend the lanterns from it.
  • Mismatched crockery and cutlery give a relaxed feel to a setting.
  • Create a twist on the traditional Christmas bauble by dip-dying them. Submerge half the ball in enamel paint and hang over newspaper to dry overnight.