In the heart of the city, country living is not unseemly. In fact, contemporary design styled with country solid oak will be a charming way to dine during Christmas time.

The Collection’s Story

It’s not hard to appreciate the Koppen collection. Offset by Eastern design, the white wash finish adds rustic character. We think the most desirable piece from the range is the exquisite dining table. With its solid oak top, accented ivory white base and a well-known country feature of shapely juxtaposed legs. The repeated continuum of convex and concave with a gradual tapered design is simply beautiful. Together with the Koppen dining chairs and their tie-on seat cushions a focal point emerges, epitomising the English country home.

Style-in Some Contemporary

For some home-owners you may have everything there. Navy blue cladded walls, marble worktops and industrial finishing touches of copper. This was just the perfect backdrop for showcasing our oak dining table set. Say if you didn’t have this how would you create an urban country dining room?

It's in the cupboard!

Changing your cupboard doors can be the easiest thing to do. Replace them with those that have a country design and you’ll spot the design in the style of the grooves. Instead of an all wooden door, choose ones with a centre glass panel. This will instantly give a contemporary feel. If the wood is painted in a colour complementary to the furniture like navy or even a silvery pale grey it boosts the look even more. To finish off, pick a round chrome knob and all together this will definitively fuse contemporary and country.

Thinking about how you’ll serve up your delightful cooking? Speckled ceramic will characterise the country, but faux marble, copper-trim dinnerware will graze on the contemporary side. With more country furniture in the home styling contemporary touches in, is key to marrying the two styles.

Contemporary, Country and Christmas…

There’s one day of the year where dining isn’t such a project or planned down to a tee, it’s made precisely for leftovers and a happy medium of last minute preparation and fun. (Speaking of leftovers, fancy what we cooked up? Read our Bubble and Squeak Recipe here)

Our urban country style Boxing Day had a random mix of shimmery baubles hung at different heights with candles placed off centre. When things look too placed you take away the,  ‘come on in, a home-made Christmassy lunch awaits you’ feel.

To show or not to show? We sourced our textural table cover from The Linen Works so a linen that runs over the whole table will be elegant and formal or draped a little of the way like we’ve done only-just touching the floor is a stylish intent. Plus you'd want to show off your beautiful dining furniture!

Make the centrepiece the meal of the day and if there’s any free space on the dining table dash a few stems of ivy and mini dark red apples. For a bit more craft and formality, write your guests names on white tags and attach to the ivy with jute twine.

You can continue to layer up the day-after Christmas look with, fresh foliage across the kitchen-utensil rail, a wreath hung on a feature wall or some fairy lights that frame the curtains and twinkle around the pole. Simple hints of dark reds and understated greens in the country and contemporary dining room will form one stylish yet understated Boxing Day.