Cate is an interiors writer, stylist and designer based in London. She set up her blog in 2011, sharing simple design for everyday living.
We had a brief chat about Christmas and any tips she had for decorating the tabletop... Here's what she had to say :)
'At Christmas I love to bring the outside in and take inspiration from nature. A beautiful, simple and stylish tabletop needs three things for me. Firstly, it needs some layers of texture – a base layer using a relaxed linen tablecloth in a soft, neutral colour, for example, or some tactile, organic textiles.
Then it needs some contrast to bring it to life – dark, matte black plates on a beige tablecloth for instance, or some brass candleholders to bring another material element to a pared-back colour palette. The final flourish is some greenery – natural foliage helps create a tablescape that appeals to all the senses, including sight, touch, smell, to create a vision that's uplifting, effortless and appealing.
It can be as simple as a sprig of foliage on each place setting or something more delicate and detailed, like a homemade garland running down the middle of the table. Don't forget to dim the lights (no ceiling lights allowed!) and light the candles - the atmosphere and setting the scene is so important. It's the little finishing touches that your guests will appreciate the most.'
Take a look at what Cate has on her wish list this year: