Interview by Calum Donoghue, 26 November 2014
Christmas with Hatton & Harding
For our first Christmas we turned to the duo behind Hatton & Harding to ask how they decorate for the holidays. QH meets partners David Hatton & Jerry Harding at their interiors and lifestyle boutique in the castle town of Warwick...
What are some of your favourite home decorating trends at the minute?
Grit & Glamour - we love Soho House's styling for their properties with the perfect blend of rustic rawness and indulgent opulence. It gives a space style and genuine integrity without being overstyled or contrived.
What tips would you give to those dreading decorating for Christmas?
Keep it simple. A beautifully styled Christmas tree will look far more stylish than trying to create narnia. For anyone who struggles, fill the tree with masses of white lights. A well lit tree looks stunning as it is. Then use a colour palette of just a few shades, glass, silver & white looks timeless and elegant. For the rest of the house use lots of candle light - natural, not battery! and ditch the tinsel for arrangements of festive foliage.
What advice would you give to those decorating for Christmas with limited space?
If your internal space is limited, there is no reason you can start the festive makeover from the outside, afterall this is the first thing your guests will see. A fabulous oversized Blue Spruce door wreath and complimenting spruce garland surrounding the door, twinkling with white lights of course, should do the trick. Finish off with two large hurricane lanterns either side of the door & job done.
Are there any upcoming colour trends we should be looking out for?
Well received colours & prints from the catwalk often find their way into interiors. Ochre yellows are definitely the colour of the moment. Michael Kors & Tori Burch heavily featured it on the catwalk for S/S15 and it certainly packs a visual punch in interiors. We've used Andrew Martin's Pelham in Pear for one of our showroom pieces and it teams beautifully with soft greys.
H&H offers a bespoke service for furniture, do you find there is an increasing demand for bespoke items?
Most definitely. The High St generally offers set designs in standard sizes in a specific range of fabrics. In reality all our homes are individually sized and all of our tastes and needs are specific to our own homes. We make 'bespoke' accessible, as most people worry that it must be expensive. The service enables us to design and tailor furniture pieces that are individual and perfectly sized and as we use the major fabric houses at Chelsea Harbour, the fabric options are almost unlimited.
What are your places to shop in London?
We're really lucky to be surrounded by lot's of fabulous small independents in Warwickshire so we love to make the most of the larger stores when we're in London. We love Liberty as it's managed to retain a certain magic and charm. Dover St Market is always on our list too and we're Andrew Martin stockists so we always like to checkout their showroom on Walton St whenever we can.
Where do you spend your Christmas?
With the parents. Christmas is our busiest time of the year and we're working up until Christmas Eve so by Christmas Day we just need to be spoilt....Mum & Dad are always the best at that aren't they!
What are the essentials for the Christmas dining table?
Simple & elegant. White linen cloth and napkins , candles and festive foliage. Christmas is all about relaxing and you probably spend longer than normal at the table so don't overclutter.
How would you describe your personal home style?
Personal! - we think that's the key and something we always stress to clients when we're helping with their homes. We've collected things from home and abroad and our style constantly evolves. We never look at a magazine and think 'I want that room'. We get inspiration but you should never want to copy someone else's style. Your home should be something that grows with you and reflects your style and personality.
Any big plans for the new year?
We close the store for the first two weeks of January and escape to the sun for our Summer holiday. We then hit the ground running on our return and head off to Maison et Objet at the end of Jan for our first buying trip of 2015.
Do you ever disagree on an item for the store? If so how do you settle the decision?
Rarely. We have a general rule for the store that we only buy things that we would have in our home. If one of us wants something & the other doesn't we have to convince the doubter, if we can't then we don't buy!