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How to style a vintage Christmas, with Laura Jackson

For the first festive season in her new home, the style maven will dress her table with dried flowers, colourful candles, and clashing platters for a vintage feel

Laura Jackson at home
Photography Jon Corrigan

TV presenter, writer, fashion aficionado and supper-club host Laura Jackson got her big break in the industry while working o reception at Shoreditch House, after a member offered her an audition. A stint on T4 with Nick Grimshaw was followed by appearances on BBC quiz shows and TheGossip. She launched a supper club with radio host Alice Levine, which resulted in the book Round to Ours, and recently started her own lifestyle brand Hoste. This year,Jackson will be spending Christmas in her newly renovated east London Victorian terrace house that she shares with her husband, photographer Jon Corrigan, daughter Sydney and whippet Barry. hostelondon.co.uk

*Layering is key, starting from the tablecloth; napkins don’t have to match but linen ones are the best.

*Initialled napkins are a more stylish way to personalise settings than traditional placement cards.

*No table is complete without candles.Mix coloured styles from Ester & Erik as well as church candles and tea lights for variety.

*Flowers can be dried, in jars or little bunches. Keep it small and chic though. Ribbon is a fun, affordable way of adding colour, too.

*I love to handwrite a menu. If your handwriting isn’t good, ask a friend, or get something printed by an expert.

*If you want to create an entertaining starter kit, the essentials are large server platters – whether family heirlooms or from a charity shop. These present the main focal point of your table, so big beautiful vintage pieces go a long way.

*Ebay is amazing. I buy so much old English china, plates and glassware. It’s inexpensive and you can mix and match it to make your own style.

*This year, I’ll be decorating my tree in a really simple way, with my own dried flower garland and also dried flower baubles – Kitten Grayson is doing them, they’re amazing

SHOPPING LIST

The Vintage List for glasses By Eleanora for napkins Tess Newall for menus Matilda Goad for candles Etsy for tablecloths and general tabletop bits and bobs

For more Christmas decoration ideas from the design world’s most stylish hosts, see our current January 2020 issue of ELLE Decoration

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