t’s easy to forget about the base of the tree, but it can look unsightly. Eventually it will be surrounded by gifts, but until then a skirting is a subtle way of hiding the base and making the tree look even better. We’ve opted for a hessian screen because the muted colour and rustic simplicity really fits with our theme. The dining table really is the other central feature of your home at Christmas, with everyone sitting around enjoying a lunches and dinner together. The first point here is to tie your dining table decorations in with your tree to create a really strong overall impression. Use the same two or three colours, with perhaps some slight changes if they’re needed. We’ve brought in some fronds of greenery in from the garden to garland the table and bring the outside in! You probably have all sorts of amazing things around the home that you could use to decorate your table. If you bring together all the pieces of gold and silver you have, for example, you might be surprised how well they actually work together. Avoid anything too brightly polished. A muted finish really feels luxe.