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How to create a moody and opulent dining setup perfect for a winter soirée

Take your cue from nature for this subtly opulent dining setup where tangy citrus stands out amongst earthy tones

Feeling wintry

Sometimes the motivation to entertain in winter can be hard to muster, but with so much lovely seasonal produce on offer, cooking up a feast to share with friends or loved ones is well worth the effort. With al fresco dining off the menu, it’s time to celebrate all the comforts of home by creating a warm and cosy space for your guests to luxuriate in.

Inspired by the treasures to be found in your own backyard at this time of year, I harvested baby carrots, beets, rosemary and thyme from our vege patch and also cut a small branch from the mandarin tree to use as my table centrepiece. The soft, woodsy green of Dulux ‘Raymonds Gap’ is just the right backdrop for this nature-focused theme and goes beautifully with the splashes of citrus and rustic-style serveware in grey-green and terracotta.

Compared with its summer-soiree counterpart, a winter gathering lends itself to a dash of opulence – russet linen napkins, a leather-weave bench and elegant glassware add richness and texture while hinting quietly of luxury. Add mood lighting and the smell of something delicious cooking in the oven (such as this lovely lamb dish; recipe on the left) and your guests will be all set for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment.

Words & styling by: Alex Walls. Photography by: Bayly & Moore.

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