Behind The Scenes 18 December 2015

Creating a Winter Wonderland...

Nothing stands still for long at Arighi Bianchi.

Nothing stands still for long at Arighi Bianchi. No sooner had we launched our Autumn Sale than we were looking ahead to Christmas and thinking about our Winter Look.

Beautiful forest greens and Scandi shades of white and silver had been trending in Paris at the end of the summer, so we chose a palette of these colours to anchor our scheme.

Our location was a house near Macclesfield - a gorgeous double-fronted Georgian with a glass and green-oak conservatory with brick and stone features. With masses of natural light it was the ideal place to whip up our Wonderland.

With any winter interior, the key is texture and lots of it! Pile on the cushions and throws, then add a deep pile rug and lots of accessories in metallic colours as well as wood and leather.

Our reclaimed timber and silver alloy horse - which we'd hijacked from the window at Arighi's! - made a fabulous prop, complete with leather saddle. We matched him with a stack of leather suitcases and our super smart Snuggler, part of the new Arighi Bianchi Collection.

Creative Director, Kate, and Creative Assistant, Amber dress the olive tree in baubles!

Later in the day we shot a different green sofa (this time from our new Arighi Bianchi 1854 range) and added a luxurious faux-fur throw.

The wreath was created using dried hydrangeas and lots of foliage like eucalyptus, ivy and rowan berries. Threaded on to a simple twig base, it makes a really effective decoration and something you can hang all year round.

Once we'd shot the cover for the Winter Brochure, we moved on to poster shots, using a beautiful, wing back chair as our hero.

I love the way the red cushion clashes so beautifully with the lush, purple velvet and also the copper angle poise standard lamp, which would look fab in any location. It just shows how effective an accent chair can be as a real focal point.

We also wanted to create a strong image for the Winter Wonderland Ball - a fundraiser in aid of East Cheshire Hospice which Arighi Bianchi sponsors. For this we used one of our luxurious white velvet occasional chairs, which has something of Narnia about it, with a silver grey rug and white decorative star. A classic case of less is more.

Our final shot for the brochure was a room set to promote a new range of dining furniture.

Fortunately for us Christiane - who's house we were using - produces Chilean wine so we were able to swipe a few bottles as props. She also lent us numerous beautiful ornaments and decorations, plus some rather lovely cutlery.