Decorating Ideas For The Perfect Host

The onset of autumn is like the first weeks of a new relationship. Colours abound, everything seems fresh, and there is a wonderful sense of anticipation in the air. It’s a season for warm colours and comfortable sofas, cultivating new bonds with your home and those you welcome into it. With made to order design, its important to remember that some of our bespoke creations can take up to six to eight weeks to arrive. So if you were planning on revitalising your home in time for Christmas, now is the time to do it. Need inspiration? Our quick guide to expert hosting contains everything you need to help see you through the season in style.

Lasting First Impressions

CHAPLINS Tour Console Table by Cattelan Italia

They say you never get a second chance at a first impression. But with family, friends and kids tramping in and out of the house, it can be difficult to stop the clutter spreading without a carefully planned hall. Italian brand, Mogg, have an array of modern hallway furniture for those who don’t mind getting the hammer out. The Hubertus Coat Rack offers an imaginative reinterpretation of taxidermy decor, with satin polished brass antlers doubling up as fashionable coat racks. This clever design adds a touch of glamour to your hallway without taking up precious storage space.

Ligne Roet Clara Coat Stand

Zanotta’s Sciangai Coat Rack is perfect for those who require temporary yet stylish storage. Eight planes of natural oak are combined into a minimal Japanese style wooden sculpture, perfecting for arranging stray hats, jackets and scarves. Available in an array of gorgeous finishes, this delicate design can be folded away to a diameter of 11cm for easy storing when not in use.

For beautiful console tablesPorada and Cattelan Italia are your go to.  If your hallway is narrow, consider choosing a mirrored glass finish or a transparent glass top. This will give the illusion of more space and help light to reflect around the hall. Our top picks are the Kosmo Console Table or the Portofino Console Table. Each makes a striking first impression, the style equivalent of a firm handshake or impeccable perfume. Looking for somewhere to store your keys? Then the Linka Console Table or Ziggy Console Table might just be for you. Each boasts discrete drawers to help you keep track of your valuables, and are particularly handy for quickly storing any post that comes through while you’re busy hosting.

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Mi Casa, Su Casa

Multy Premier Sofa Bed by Ligne Roset

Hosting can be stressful at the best of times, particularly when you’re putting up guests in rooms that usually serve as a home office or living area. Ligne Roset’s series of sofa beds are a life saver in these circumstances. The Multy Premier Sofa Bed offers three luxurious positions, sofa, chaise lounge and luxurious double bed, moving effortlessly between the three to save on time and hassle. If your visitors are staying for more than the prescribed long weekend, it’s always reassuring to know that they’re getting a sound bit of shut eye. Whereas most contemporary sofa beds scrimp on quality, the Multy Premier Sofa Bed is imbued with Ligne Roset’s world renowned cushion technology, an interior must have for those who entertain regularly.

To help your guests keep things organised, place a contemporary side table next to the bed with a water carafe, silk eye mask and alarm clock.

Clip Clothes Stand by Porada

Nobody enjoys living out of a suitcase, and the Clip Clothes Stand enables your guests to get into their glad rags without pestering you for an ironing board. Existing somewhere between designer storage and a stylish chrome mannequin, they’re also an excellent way to plan the week’s outfits when you’re back to work.

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A Long Lunch

Majesty Extendable Dining Table by Bontempi Casa

The whole point of holiday hosting is to bring loved ones together and an extendable dining table offers the perfect dimensions for a conversation. When purchasing, keep in mind that the extension mechanism should be fuss-free and smooth to operate, blending seamlessly so that the dining table looks stylish in every configuration.

Bontempi Casa merge chic Italian styling with technical excellence, creating an array of versatile dining tables that are a refreshing upgrade on the sparse looking options commonly associated with the genre. A firm favourite among interior designers is the Cruz Extendable Dining Table. Available in a variety of finishes, the Cruz in its fullest extension can comfortably seat 12 guests, and is easily manoeuvred into position by gently pulling the legs at either end.

Cruz Extendable Dining Table by Bontempi Casa 2

If you’re someone who wants to ensure they get a chance to speak with everyone, consider a circular extendable dining table. Great for sharing, the Giro Extendable Dining Table has a synchronised telescopic opening system, that slides smoothly apart and requires just one set of hands. The crystal extensions match the finish of the table, ensuring that the overall aesthetic remains intact.

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The Final Touch

Cocoon Fires - Chaplins

There’s nothing quite as cosy as sharing a bottle of great wine around a warming fire while its howling outside. As an arresting architectural focal point, modern fireplaces have surged in popularity in recent years, much to the dismay of the Mayor of London. Fortunately, there is a stylish alternative that won’t put you at odds with Sadiq Khan’s recent ban on wood-burning stoves. The brain child of Peruvian designer, Frederico Otero, Cocoon Fires utilise bio-ethanol – a green, sustainably-sourced fuel that is emission, smoke and odour-free. They represent the future of stylish modern fireplaces, versatile enough that they can be moved from room to room and thoughtfully designed so that you can introduce warmth and style into your home with a clear conscious.

Pablo UMA Lamp - Chaplins Resized

Music, memories, good conversation – life is a dull affair without them. Connecting the eyes, ears and soul, Pablo Lighting’s UMA Bluetooth Lantern is the perfect addition to an intimate gathering. This breath-taking lantern harnesses gently transitions you from day to night, harnessing warm dim technology to imitate the soft glow of a sunset while caressing your guests ears with a 360° hi-fidelity surround sound experience. Set the tone with some with smooth Soul or dance the night away to 90’s club classics – with 8 hours of battery life, the choice is all yours.

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To help you give your guests a warm welcome this season, we’re running our Autumn promotion right the way through until the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to snag yourself a luxury sofa or modern dining table from the UK’s one-stop designer shop. What are your hosting tips and tricks? Let us know how you say mi casa su casa on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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