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Deciding on a theme is the first step to making an ordinary table enchanting.

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This table took its cue from the 'earthiness' of the room. The focus was on a muted palette of distressed wood, tarnished silver, polished silver, pewter, antique gold and royal blue.

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Warm, grey, scallop-edged dishes and linen napkins keeps the look quiet and understated.

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Instead of Christmas crackers, small individual presents were chosen - one fine truffle wrapped in a box with dark blue paper and ribbons.

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The silverware was divided into two groups - one polished, the other left tarnished for their perfect blue and bronze patina.

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