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Winter Dining Series: Boho brights

In the second instalment of our Winter Dining Series, the style team create this warm boho dinner party setting. Our in-house DIY expert Allira also shares a quick and easy decor piece you can make to add a little something extra to your table. Don’t forget to check out our country-themed winter dining look, complete with homestyle pecan pie recipe, and our moody Scandi-style table where we share our favourite take on mulled wine. Shop everything you need for your own boho soiree on the site now!

This bright boho dining space is perfect for any celebration. Photography Denise Braki, Styling Allira Bell. This bright boho dining space is perfect for any celebration. Photography Denise Braki, Styling Allira Bell.

Welcome home

Traditionally seen in summer, the boho trend is still going strong in the interiors world and there’s no reason it can’t be carried through to winter. The style team chose warm, bright, jewel tones and layers of texture to create this abundant table with a celebratory feel. Two coffee tables create a low dining space while a textured moroccan rug and plenty of cushions provide somewhere soft and cosy to sit. An orange velvet chair paired with some rustic-style side tables creates a cosy corner to sit in and is a great place to display an overflowing flower arrangement and vignette.

Pops of blue on the table draw the eye in and keep the warm colours from taking over. Photography Denise Braki, Styling Allira Bell. Pops of blue on the table draw the eye in. Photography Denise Braki, Styling Allira Bell.

On the table

table runner acts as a base for this tabletop look, with watercolour dinnerware and cobalt napery adding a pop of colour. A mixture of coloured glassware, fresh florals and fruit make the table feel generous and full, and gold candlesticks and cutlery add a luxe touch to tie all of the elements together.

Step 1: cut your dowel to the lengths you need and use a pencil sharpener to create a point at one end of each piece. Step 3.

A handmade touch

Our stylist Allira loves a DIY project, so she created these bright arrows for each place setting at our boho table. She takes us through how to make these easy decor pieces which are perfect to add a handmade touch, or even to use as place settings.

You’ll need:

Pencil sharpener
Small paintbrush
PVA glue
Length of 0.6mm dowel (find this at Bunnings or any good hardware store)
Embroidery thread in colours of your choice
0.8mm jewellery wire (we used gold)

Step 4. Steps 4 & 5.

To make:

  1. Mark the dowel at 30cm intervals using the pencil and ruler.

  2. Clamp the dowel onto something sturdy (like a chair, tabletop or stool). Use the markings you made in step 1 to cut the dowel into 30cm lengths with the hacksaw.

  3. Sharpen one end of the dowel with the sharpener (as you would with a pencil) to create the point of the arrow. Sand both the sharpened and blunt end of the arrow with the sandpaper to ensure there are no splinters.

  4. Pour some PVA glue into a dish and use the paintbrush (or your fingers) to apply a small amount to between 1-8cm of the dowel, depending on how much thread you would like to use for each section.

  5. Wrap the embroidery thread around the dowel, keeping it taut as you go, until it completely covers the section you've applied glue to. Secure the ends of the thread by adding more glue as necessary. We started with around a 5cm section of mauve thread, close to the sharpened end of the dowel, and added different coloured thread, in different lengths down the piece of dowel. Make sure to leave 4-5cm of space at the blunt end of the dowel so you can add your feathers later.

  6. Cut a 10cm length of jewellery wire and wrap around the dowel towards the blunt end of the arrow.

  7. Thread two to three feathers under the gold wire – the wire should be firm enough to keep the feathers in place but not so firm that the feathers won’t fit through.

Step 6. Steps 6 & 7.

Share your own winter table settings and your version of Allira's DIY arrow decor on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #mytwstyle and shop our Winter Dining Series sale for all of your cool-weather entertaining essentials.

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