Cocktails & Dreams

Create an inviting and imaginative setting, packed with personality, for your festive soirée

When it comes to imaginative spaces, accessorised to perfection with dark and dramatic backdrops and lashings of rich textures, few interiors brands do it better than Rockett St George. It’s fitting that founders and self-confessed design junkies Jane Rockett and Lucy St George first met and forged their friendship at a fancy-dress party, as styling inspiration for cosy soirèes can be found throughout their new book, Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors. So if you’re searching for ideas to add a sprinkle of glamour, drama and rock ’n’ roll to your festive party scheme, without descending into full-on Christmas grotto-esque excess, look no further.

Light-reflecting metallics instantly add glam, so inject subtle touches with lamps, ornaments, planters and accessories, and don’t forget to throw in a kitsch disco ball.

Strings of glowing fairy lights, illuminated accessories and light boxes fronted with festive messages go a long way to create an intimate and inviting space for your guests.

Use mirrors or gold surfaces propped up behind your accessories on shelves, bookcases and mantelpieces to reflect those gorgeous warm, twinkly lights around the room.

Vivid colours may not be your regular choice, but this is the season to be daring, so pick a bold shade – such as hot pink – and run with it in candles, accessories and furnishings.

Swap the vases of holly and scarlet poinsettia for greenery in the form of giant, lush leafy plants and huge arrangements of russet-tipped hydrangeas for a fresh twist on the traditional.

Mixing textures instantly adds interest and depth to a room, so gather together fleecy sheepskins, smooth leathers, shaggy rugs and accessories in striking materials.

Images taken from Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George, photography by Debi Treloar, published by Ryland Peters & Small.

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