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  • Our recent trend report uncovered the fact that we are most likely to lay a formal table at Christmas. This year, we asked our Design Director Richard Eaton, to share with us his top tips for decorating a festive table.

    1. No rules: gone is the day that a table should be set with a traditional layout Ė be flexible. Have fun, have confidence and experiment with colours, shapes and textures to ensure your personality shines through.

    2. Be eclectic: not every product has to match and itís great to add focal pieces too, whether itís brightly coloured or patterned accent plates or a statement bowl.

    3. Enhance the senses: flowers have always had a part to play in setting a table, but why not embrace the trend of Ďbringing the outside iní and include ferns, foliage and evergreens. They also introduce fantastic festive aromas to the table.

    4. Go natural: red and green will always invoke the Christmas spirit, but soft, warm, neutral tones are timeless and contemporary. Add accent colours such as silver and rose gold to instantly make your table feel special and festive.

    5. Finishing touches: candles create a wonderfully warm atmosphere and are an essential part of any stylish table setting. A Christmas classic!

    Christmas Table Setting Tips from Design Director, Richard Eaton
  • At the heart of every house is the kitchen. Big or small, itís a welcoming space to meet morning or night to relax or busily prepare food and entertain your family and friends. The latest home trends show that the lounge is no longer the centre of the home, and instead people are opting to enjoy being at home in the kitchen. No longer simply used for cooking, the kitchen is now capable of housing anything from morning coffee with friends, to a weekend dinner party.

    Moving away from being a utilitarian space, the kitchen is now a focus for design and allows you to showcase your style and personality. Most recently, kitchens are widely styled as living rooms, with tables and chairs to relax and dine. This desire for living kitchens has seen the introduction of larger kitchens, giving more opportunity to create this appealing area. As modern-day life continues to get faster, casual cooking and eating dominate and this style of kitchen gives us the choice to dine both formally and informally.

    Kitchens are now divided into three areas: the cooking area, the dining area and the sitting area. Despite this room changing its traditional role within the house, the emphasis on cooking doesnít show any signs of waning. Making sure that there are enough counters on which to prepare, hold and store food is imperative. Electricals and utilities all have their places, making the kitchen a practical and beautiful place to be.

    The kitchen forms part of your lifestyle, whether that involves preparing tea for the kids after school, batch preparing meals on a Sunday night or pouring drinks for friends to enjoy at a party. Itís where children watch and learn their first cooking tips, friends catch-up over food and drink and families spend much-loved time together. As the kitchen space continues to develop, itís clear that this room is one to be treasured, whatever its size.

    Why the Kitchen is the Most Important Room in the House
  • Last month, fashion and interiors blogger Erica Davies, held a beautiful tea party using our Monsoon by Denby Kyoto tableware collection. The party was an oriental array of pattern and colour with the tables filled with fresh flowers, cake stands, glistening glasses and finger foods.

    Erica has shared with us her top tips and tricks for holding your very own tea party:

    1: Use as many flowers and as much greenery as you can steal from your garden for decoration. We used smaller blooms in Moroccan tea glasses for the centre of the table, with taller sprigs in the teapots.

    2: Mix up your sweet food with your savouries Ė there are no rules when it comes to eating at a tea party and itís the one time you can eat cake before sandwiches! So I put the sarnies next to cakes on the Kyoto cake stands. I made my own sandwiches (mainly because I was too late for M&S to do it for me!), but bought the cakes. You could always embellish with edible flowers to add your own touch.

    3: Offer guests a mix of drinks Ė fizz, non-alcoholic and good old tea. For the non-alcoholics (aka the drivers) I had lovely Elderflower and Rose cordials, or lashings of Ginger Ale (for all you Enid Blyton readers out there). I pimped up ice cubes by adding edible flowers into the trays before freezing which looked so pretty when decanted into the glasses.

    4: Try and think outside the box when it comes to your theme. Vintage teas are always a winner, but because the Denby set was inspired by Japan, I mixed the two together for a quirky take on an afternoon tea.

    Top Tips for Hosting a Tea Party by Erica Davies
  • Always Entertaining: Tapas

    New for summer 2016, our Always Entertaining Tapas collection is a range of casual bowls, plates and platters ideal for informal dining.

    In a terracotta hue, Tapas looks wonderfully eye-catching when laid out on the table and with the versatility of each piece, can be used for small get-togethers and family occasions. Conjuring up a Spanish ambiance with the colour and smooth shape of Tapas, this collection is perfect for enjoying global cuisine. Use the spacious platters for presenting breads, meats and vegetables and embrace the recent bowl trend by eating anything from rice and pasta to salads and Spanish omelettes from the bowls.

    Crafted in our Derbyshire factory using skills and craftsmanship built up over 200 years, our Always Entertaining Tapas range has been made from the finest quality clay which promises longevity. Hardwearing and stunningly textured, our glazes make every piece strong and unique. Take the dishes from the oven to the table with the confidence that they are both oven and microwave safe - they are also dishwasher and freezer proof. Beautifully boxed, this Tapas tableware collection also makes a great gift which is easily wrapped. All under £50, mix and match contrastive pieces to enliven your cupboards and table.

    Present your favourite dishes in style with this summer inspired collection. The Tapas range can be packed up for a picnic, or casually arranged for a cosy evening in. The rich and inviting tones will ensure that your food takes centre stage.

    Discover the full Always Entertaining Tapas range here.

    Always Entertaining: Tapas
  • Always Entertaining: Deli

    Our latest Deli range is a fresh and modern collection of Bowls, Plates and Platters perfect for informal dining. In four contemporary mix and match glazes, each item has the special Denby textured glaze which ensures its durability and makes every piece unique. In addition, every piece is under £50 and can be used in the oven, dishwasher, freezer and microwave. Our Always Entertaining Deli range is also beautifully packaged, making it an ideal gift.

    Made from stoneware using Denbyís renowned iron-rich clay and crafted in Derbyshire in the same way for over 200 years, this range features a number of versatile pieces designed for modern living; a Small Bowl that can be used for dips, individual salads and sides, a Rice Bowl ideal for rice dishes or ice cream, a Pasta Bowl as an alternative dinner plate, a Coupe Plate in two sizes for serving, a Shallow Bowl perfect for olives and slaws and a Set of four Nesting Bowls great for serving everything from pasta to salads.

    In playful pastel hues, our Deli collection promises to enliven any table arrangement. The complementary shades are perfect for enjoying food at teatimes, as well as for get-togethers. Set a table of pretty pastels and use this diverse tableware range to serve summer salads, pasta and vegetable dishes. The versatile Platters within this range can be used to present meats, bread and sharing foods. Also utilise the Platters as centre pieces for the table, or serve starters on the Small Platters for an eye-catching and unique serving method.

    With the recent resurgence in the popularity of bowls, our Always Entertaining Deli collection incorporates a wide variety of bowls, in a range of different sizes. In particular, our Deli Bowls look beautiful stacked, as this showcases the stunning glazes Ė use this as an excuse to amass these on the table for nibbles and desserts! For a true investment piece, choose the set of four Nesting Bowls. Visually striking, the Nesting Bowls are beautiful and functional; they will take you from breakfast to dinner in a casual and contemporary style.

    This Deli range creates the perfect backdrop for your food, with the glaze providing a colour pop effect. Mix with your current tableware collection to achieve a relaxed and assorted look.

    See the full Always Entertaining Deli collection here.

    Always Entertaining: Deli
  • Pinterest is a must-see for home, interiors and food inspiration. As this visual source continues to provide us with an abundance of unique ideas and beautiful imagery, we have eagerly anticipated their view on this yearís top trending colours. In order to accumulate the most prevalent hues, Pinterest explored the most popular colourways featured within its leading pins.

    Pinterest has spoken! The trending interior colours for 2016 have been announced, and here they are:

    Grey

    From accents of grey exhibited across curtains and cushions, to bold, block greys featured on statement walls, grey has been forecast as a key colour for 2016. Ranging from subtle tones, to deep and darker shades, grey is a contemporary colour with an earthy feel. Such tones have the ability to warm up a room and can be utilised to create a relaxed and modern look.

    Depending on the size of the room, you are able to experiment with different depths of grey, following the simple rule that small rooms suit lighter shades, and larger rooms be can enhanced with darker tones. Mixing contrastive tones from the same colour palette can work well and varying the grey hues on your walls and furniture can create a distinctive effect.

    To capture tones of grey within your tableware, explore our Jet collection with its bold shades and striped pattern. For a chic and simple finish, look at one of our latest collections, Elements in Light Grey. An eternally modern design, this pattern will update your kitchen and give a natural and serene finish. In terms of accessories, slate can add an element of texture and complement any grey colour scheme. Use slate as minimal coasters and table mats to present vases and jugs, centre-pieces as well as tableware.

    For an elegant and decorative exterior, choose our Filigree Silver pattern by Monsoon by Denby. A symmetrical design, the delicate silver detailing provides a metallic finish which is a contrast against the soft, cream china. From Dinner Plates to Bowls and Cake Stands, our Filigree Silver collection would make a stunning addition to your home interiors.

    Mauve

    A trans-seasonal shade, mauve is the second colour that Pinterest have named as one of their top trending colours for 2016. A cross of warm pinks and cool lilacs combine to produce this vibrant lavender tone which makes an interior statement. Vivid in colour and instantly stylish, mauve is the perfect shade for creating a modern kitchen, living room or bedroom.

    Mauve can be easily accompanied with shades of green and blue, and can make a dominate accent hue for the home. Although mauve may initially seem to be a bold colour choice, when displayed against shades ranging from aqua blues to crimson reds, it has a surprisingly stunning effect. For a more refined exterior, showcase purple with cream and soft yellow tones.

    For a hint of mauve, explore our opulent Heather collection with its double glazed finish. Each piece of Heather is unique, due to it being hand glazed within our Derbyshire factory. Featuring subtle violet tones which intensify at the edge, Heather is a distinctive tableware range. Statement pieces include the Heather Teapot, Oval Platter and Cereal Bowl.

    Perfect for al fresco dining and late-night dinner parties, our Monsoon Cosmic glass collection showcases a rich plum colourway. Display in your table setting for an accentuated splash of colour Ė the beauty of this tone is enough to brighten the setting without overwhelming the look.

    The Interior Colours of the Year from Pinterest