Nature’s palette and varied texture creates an offbeat kind of elegance; it’s familiar, varied and therefore a little informal. But we build on that elegance by allowing ourselves to be creative with our displays.
The loveliest lighting
Christmas lighting can go one of two ways: over the top and squinty bright, or soft and twinkly. Christmas lighting at Neptune is about the latter. So we created fairy lights that can be battery-powered or joined together to create one super long string, as well as a collection of candles that encourages us to mix things up.
Lighting is such a simple way to achieve magic, like a strand of fairy lights and a cluster of snowy fir cones within a glass jarstood in the kitchen, or weaving their blinking bulbs through the top layer of logs in a log basket. The same goes for the romance of candlelight. The design team and I wanted a really fun array of tealight holders, candlesticks and hurricane lanterns so your festive lighting is an exciting, eclectic mix. I think it looks quite breath-taking when it’s black outside and biting cold and you walk into a room that has a beautiful wave of ‘up- and down-ness’ of candlelight. By mixing colours, shapes and sizes of candles and holders it’s almost reminiscent of music notes on a page.
Make an entrance
I often talk about how important it is to treat the hallway as a room, because it’s the first thing that will greet not just guests, but you and your family, day in day out. So at Christmas time we make a spectacle of our entryways so that you have plenty of ideas to steal.
The easiest place to start is the staircase. Spindles and banisters call out to be adorned with all things festive, but it’s really fun to experiment with different ideas. We try something new every year but there’s always greenery. This year we’ve used red berries and the tiniest amount of fairy lights. It’s important to not go overboard.