5 Star Wedding Directory invited wedding gifting expert Zsofia Jamieson from BLUE RIBBON to share her views on the latest trends in gifting.
BLUE RIBBON is a premier wedding gift list service offering an edited selection from 100+ luxury homeware brands. One of the most exciting luxury players in the wedding industry, and featured in multiple blogs and magazines, BLUE RIBBON is a UK Wedding Industry Awards nominee, recognised for bringing exclusive high-end brands to the UK market.
5 Star Wedding Directory: Zsofia, with your 10 years of experience at the NET-A-PORTER Group, you are well placed to spot the trends. What exciting new themes do you see in the high end homeware market now?
Zsofia Jamieson: Thank you. There are some several trends that are real must-haves for the style-conscious couples. One of the current favourites is the metallic trend. We are seeing a lot of gold-toned accents, both on the fashion runway, and in interiors.
Mixing gold with bright, vibrant colours creates a real spirit of summer, of sun and partying – we simply love it!
5 Star Wedding Directory: Green seems to be quite a big presence in these photos!
Zsofia Jamieson: Absolutely! Green and gold are key to the huge trend of all things exotic, Cuban and jungle- inspired, and you will see these themes playing out across major fashion collections. In homewares, they translate into green coloured glass, exotic animal tabletop accessories, and the use of foliage as a tabletop accent.
5 Star Wedding Directory: Cuba, jungle, exotic locations – it makes me want to travel.
Zsofia Jamieson: There is something about summer that makes us long to take a trip, to explore and experience new things. A great way to introduce that theme at home is through books. Taschen and Assouline create coffee-table books that are a pleasure to have around, whether providing an accent on a bookshelf, or displayed on a side table. After all, what is a book but a window into a different and exciting world.
5 Star Wedding Directory: How else can you evoke that luxury, exotic travel vibe in your home?
Zsofia Jamieson: Smell is a subtle yet powerful way to add a chic touch. It is an incredible medium: your guests will feel luxury yet they won’t be able to quite put their finger on how it is achieved. It is all part of creating an overall mood, orchestrating a range of subtle notes. We love these Missoni candles: they smell as good as they look!
5 Star Wedding Directory: Everything you show me makes me want to touch it!
Zsofia Jamieson: That’s another secret to an inviting and welcoming home: introducing interesting textures which invite touch. Whether it is a metallic, uneven rim on your serving platter, or the interplay between smooth, cool marble and warm wood in a tray, or the relief pattern on your cushions, touch is what ultimately connects us to that object, and what makes us want to hold it and to have in our homes.