Be inspired by festive hotels

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Suzanne Imre, former editor of Livingetc for over 20 years, shares her favourite festive hotels.

Gand Ferdinand and Vienna, Austria

Moody dark grey walls feel warm and enveloping when lit by multiple sconces in the rooftop restaurant of the Grand Ferdinand in Vienna. Taking the classic bistro look to a luxe level, Burgundy-coloured, button-backed bench seating works with rich brocade armchairs and simple wooden chairs, while the tables are kept pristine with white-on-white table linen and china. It is an easy look to pull off for Christmas – just keep the table top fresh and simple, add in dark damask fabrics with napkins or throws, and boost the shadows with soft candlelight.

Get the look

Camargue Oak Dining Chair, £189
Winchelsea Wooden Chandelier, £1,950
Perouges Linen Tablecloth, £178
Faux English Ivy garland, £40

Hotel details

Best price guarantees at www.mrandmrssmith.com or call 0330 100 3180.

Claridges, London

The Christmas tree is the essential festive decoration, and each year Claridges sets the bar with its designer creations. In 2017 Karl Lagerfeld turned things upside down with his inverted tree (a good shape for small or awkward spaces) but it was the slivery decorations and snow-like sheepskin rugs that made it utterly magical – and easy to achieve at home. While a nature inspired tree by Kally Ellis for McQueens in 2012, threw out the rule book by using a tree shape created from magnolia branches and lichen moss and hung with baubles, as opposed to the classic fir. Try out the idea on a solitary tree in the garden and hang baubles on bare branches for a special wintery feature.

Get the look
Faux Magnolia Contorta Flower Stem, £20
Faux Lamb’s Ear Leaves, £6
Faux Catkin Spray, £16
Chyangra Goat Hair Rug in Albino, £162

Hotel details

Rates from £570+, visit www.claridges.co.uk or call , 0207 629 8860.

Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire

A colour palette of warm mink and pale sage, give this reception space at Coworth Park an elegant Art Deco mood. Rather than dominating the refined colour scheme, this Christmas tree, covered in silver decorations, adds a subtle festive twist and is balanced within the room by winter floral arrangements of white blooms and dusty green foliage.

Get the look
Oleta Coffee Table, £1685
Raphael Aged Rug, £5,700
Woodroffe Wing Chair, £695

  1. Hotel details

To book, call 0330 100 3180 or go to mrandmrssmith.com

Fermes Des Marie, Megeve, France

The bedrooms at this luxury ski resort are the ultimate winter retreats. Rich in warm woods and tactile textures, they ooze cocooning comfort. Be inspired and layer up crisp white bedlinen with thick faux fur throws, then add in muted wool check fabrics and raw wood finishes for a relaxing winter space.

Get the look
Jura Throw, £165
Faux Fur Throw In Seal Grey or Chinchilla, from £185
Chyangra Goat Hair Rug, £162

Hotel details

Rates from £325 for 2 persons, including breakfast. Visit www.fermesdesmarie.com

Lowell, New York, USA

Classic charm and old school elegance are perfectly captured at New York stalwart, The Lowell. Fireplaces provide the perfect spot for festive socialising – and decorating.Try liberally draping a fire surround in fir garlands, twinkly lights and ruby red baubles. Arrange the furniture around the fireplace in a balanced, symmetrical layout to create a more formal feel for a smart winter sitting room.

Get the look
Pine And Cone Garland, £145
Paper Ball Tree Lights, £45
Set of Two Opplyst Tables, £885
Chrysta Mirror, £325

Hotel details

Rates from $595, excluding taxes. Visit www.lowellhotel.com

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