Feast Your Eyes on This

There’s nothing we love more than designing and styling a table here at Liv’s and with the Big Day fast approaching, we’ve come up with some inspo to help you plan your Christmas tablescape.

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ALL THE GREENERY

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Faux or real, foliage is such a simple way to add colour, texture and depth to your table. Eucalyptus is a firm favourite with us. If you opt for faux its universal enough to use all year round, but if you go for the real deal the smell will be sensational. Like in the image above, we like to use it as a centerpiece running down the middle of the table; it’s so easy, there’s no faffing required – the more wild and rustic the better. You can add more interest by introducing some pillar candles, we like plain white but feel free to match them up to a secondary colour in your scheme. Another nice touch if you’d prefer not to light candles at the table is a string of teeny tiny warm hued battery operated LED lights – so twinkly!

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FLOATING FOLIAGE

If you want to add impact and drama, mirror what you’ve styled on the table above it too, or instead – for extra room to serve Christmas Dinner! In the past, we’ve used a large branch or twig salvaged from the garden, but a piece of dowling would work too. Use fishing wire to suspend from tiny hooks in the ceiling (command strips are great as they wont make holes in the paintwork), or from skylights. Then, using floristry wire, attach stems of eucalyptus (and maybe even some fir – you could use off cuts from your tree). We think it looks really nice if some of the stems overhang the ends of the branch or rod. Again, adding some battery powered LED lights would make this installation look really magical – just use floristry wire to wind the battery pack securely to the branch, and hide it with some strategically placed stems.

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BAUBLES

If green foliage is too simplistic, you can add a secondary colour to your scheme and weave that throughout, using bunches of glitter picks. Perhaps use some feathered or bronze crackle glazed baubles in mixed sizes and shapes hanging  them from your floating instalment; or one on the place setting for each guest with their name attached (we love a Dymo Label Maker – type out the name or initials of each guest and stick it to the bauble).

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FEATHERS

Or to keep things rustic add some feathers – nestle them into the greenery and add them to a cutlery bundle with a napkin and some twine like the one below.

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TEXTURE

As well as adding texture through foliage and greenery, layering up your tableware will add extra interest, contrast and dimension. Try using some beaded placemats and coasters, topped with either a charger plate that tonally matches up to the colour of your dinnerware, or a dinner plate and a starter plate or bowl on top. Next add a napkin/cutlery and a name card and or sprig of foliage or embellishment to compliment your theme. We love the tones used in the image below – midnight blue and matte gold really zing with teal and greens from the foliage.

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Above all, don’t worry too much about symmetry, formality of where the cutlery goes – enjoy the company of friends and family over good food and drink.

Happy tablescaping lovelies!

How To: Create an Everlasting Wreath

Faux Christmas Wreath with fruit foliage and glitter embellishments
The finished article . . . 

You will need:

  • A  wreath base –  I like to use faux fir for  density because I just love a full bushy wreath, but wire or wicker will both work fine. In fact wire left exposed can give quite a stylish Scandinavian aesthetic.
  • Faux Foliage stems of your choice – as much as you like, and more the merrier. I like to use a contrasting shaped leaf to the fir for variation, in this case eucalyptus. I’ve used a burgundy autumnal shade alongside classic green.
  • Decorative Stems – red berries, snow berries, mistletoe, frosted blueberries… here is where you can start to really get creative with the colour scheme of your wreath.
  • Decorative Adornments – Glitter leaf picks, Clip on birds, Dried Fruit, Cones, Cinnamon sticks, feathers, dried leaves. Be it gorgeous glam or understated natural, it’s time to accentuate your Christmas vibe.
  • Battery operated LED Fairy Lights – add a little bit of twinkle to your masterpiece.
  • Tools – florists wire, wire snips, scissors, ribbon to hang (optional)
Layout of all the tools and items you need to make a faux Christmas Wreath
Tool Kit

“I think the key to good wreath making is having lots of fun with it, be bold!” 

Kate, Store Manager

Step 1. Pick the wreath base of your choice, and foliage stems that will give you the look you want for your wreath.

Naked Faux Fir Wreath

For the wreath featured here I used 2 x Eucalyptus Bush (and snipped off the individual stems to use separately) and 3 x Burgundy Eucalyptus stem.

Step 2. Fluff-up your wreath base so it’s looking it’s best, and then wire the foliage stems into the wreath, working your way around the wreath, with all the stems pointing in the same direction. Secure the stems in place by twisting a length of wire around the base of each stem, and securing to the base as you go. Pull branches of the base wreath through to give a little more depth. You should now have a wonderfully wild natural wreath.

Faux Christmas Wreath with Burgundy and Green Eucalyptus
Burgundy and Green Eucalyptus

Step 3. Get going with the decorative stems, weave the berries through the wreath, still working in the same direction, securing in the same way as you did with the eucalyptus.

Faux Christmas Wreath with Berries and Dried Fruits
Fruit and Berries

Step 4. Now is a good time to add battery operated fairy lights if you would like to add a bit of festive twinkle to your wreath.

Faux Christmas Wreath with LED Battery Powered Fairy Lights
Twinkly Lights

Step 5. Once your wreath is twinkling, it’s time to start styling it with your decorative adornments. I love dried fruit, and florists wire is perfect for poking through the body of the fruit to enable you to secure it to the wreath base. I arranged the fruit in little clusters and added glittered acorns and leaf picks to complete the look.  For a more natural wreath aesthetic,  pheasant and guinea fowl feathers look understated and gorgeous. Wire these into place as you have done previously.

Step 6. Time to fluff up all the layers of your wreath to add extra depth, and splay the edges of the foliage for extra wilderness vibes. Now you can add any finishing touches. I nestled a tiny glitter bird in the foliage to add a touch of life.

Embellished Faux Christmas Wreath
Glitter Bird Embellishments

Step 7. You’re done! Hang your wreath proudly on your door (attaching gorgeous ribbon if you choose), pour yourself something sparkly and congratulate yourself on your excellent wreath making skills. Put your feet up and admire your handiwork!

To shop some of the beautiful embellishments you could add to your wreath, check out our Christmas line

The Christmas Count Down is on . . .

Six Weeks to go!

Well we are firmly into the countdown to Christmas now with less than six weeks to go! Whilst most people may have just started getting through their festive ‘to-do’ lists we have been busy preparing here at Liv’s HQ for the last couple of months!

Shop Transformation

You may have noticed that our very clever team have transformed the shop into a magical winter wonderland, using our gazebo to showcase all the amazing Christmas decorations and ornaments Liv, Kate and Gina sourced way back in January of this year!

Window Shopping

We have also recently re-dressed the windows, Kate has styled a beautiful nordic Christmas Tree and dining table perfect for a hygge gathering.

Sensational Scent

And in the last week Gina and MC have installed a huge fir backdrop behind the till which has filled the store with the beautiful scent of pine . . .that mixed with the gorgeous pollyfields scented dried fruits is just insane – if Christmas were a smell then this would be it!

Dream Team

At the beginning of the week the team limbered up and flexed their muscles to unload a huge container of exciting and new stock which we can’t wait to fill the store with!!

Shop ’til you Drop

And that is all just in time for our exclusive Christmas Shopping Event, this Thursday 23rd November at 17:30. There are just a few tickets left now, so if you’re lucky you can get your hands on them here. We will be treating you to some festive refreshments, goodie bags and discounts . . .we can’t wait to see you there. We might even brave blasting the Christmas Spotify playlist (it’s not too early is it?!).

A Little Something I Made Myself

Finally, if you want to impress your friends and family as you welcome them into your home this season, why not join us for our first ever ‘Everlasting Wreath’ Workshop?! You’ll learn how to create a bespoke faux foliage wreath and we will provide nibbles, cheer and all the kit you need to build your creation. As those compliments come rolling in about how magnificent your door wreath is from visitors you can nonchalantly remark “Oh, you like my wreath?!” “No, no you can’t buy it from (insert preferred luxury department store), I made it.” <casual hair flick>. Get your tickets here.

Happy Christmas Shopping lovelies. Tra la la la la, la la la laaaa x

Behind the scenes – it’s photoshoot time!

If you follow us on social media, you may have seen that we had a little photoshoot with all of our lovely stock recently!!! Over two days, we took over a lovely old house in the Coleshill countryside and filled it with everything Liv’s!

Our manager Kate, assistant manager Gina, in-house photographer Lou, business owners Liv & MC and of course Betty the Shih-poo all went along to build, style and photograph lots of furniture and accessories for our website.

Take a look below for a little inside look at how things happened over the two days – go team!

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Liv’s meets Heather from Feather & Flourish!

As some of you might know, we have been holding a series of creative workshops here at Liv’s over the past few months. It’s been great to see our little shop space being transformed in the evenings and used for creative events – there’s a really different atmosphere once we shut the front doors!

One of our most popular workshops so far has been the chance to learn Modern Calligraphy with the wonderful Heather Martin from Feather & Flourish. If you haven’t already met Heather, we thought you might like to find out a little bit more about her… take a look below for some questions we put to Heather about how she started her business and her inspirations!

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Win an Nkuku frame!

… just share your favourite vintage family photograph with us for the chance to win!

This week we have had great fun looking through old photos here at Liv’s HQ. We are currently working on creating a meet the team page for our website and we have asked the team to each bring in their favourite photo from when they were young.

It’s been so funny looking through all of our old photos that we thought how good it would be to see some of your old photos too!

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We’ve added some more dates to the workshop diary…

We are happy to announce that we have 3 further workshop dates booked in for over the summer months! Our first two calligraphy workshops and our first macramé workshop all completely sold out and we are so happy! We had a great time hosting these creative events and got the chance to meet a few of our customers out of hours too.

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New stock from Madam Stoltz is now online!

It’s been a busy few weeks as usual here at Liv’s HQ! So far in April the sun has finally started to shine (hooray for summer?!), we have had deliveries of new stock coming in thick and fast and we have been busy booking new dates into our workshop diary – there will be another new post coming on that soon!

Here is a rundown of some our favourite new finds that are now available to buy on our website. We are especially loving the beach boho vibes of our Madam Stoltz cushions and baskets!

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Our New Venture – Local Deli Supplies for your Kitchen!

We have some more exciting news to announce here at Liv’s HQ! If you popped in to the shop over the weekend you may have spotted our wonderful new dining table filled with chutneys, jam, coffee and more! Starting this week we will be stocking a new little offering of locally made tasty groceries to jazz up your favourite dishes. Continue reading “Our New Venture – Local Deli Supplies for your Kitchen!”

The Paris Roundup

As promised here is  Kate’s roundup of all the things that happened during our Paris buying trip in January!  Enjoy reading!!…

Liv, Michael and I arrived in Paris on Thursday after the windiest flight and navigated the Metro to our little Parisian hotel which was in a lovely area just behind Notre Dame. We headed out quickly to the 11th arrondissiment to visit Liv’s favourite shop Merci, just a short walk from Bastille.

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