Christmas gift guide for the discerning interior design fan

Christmas gift ideas curated by the Westbury Garden Room team, with plenty of options to please the interior design lover in your life.

2020 has been a year unlike any other, and many of us are looking to support independent, British brands and makers as we purchase gifts for our friends and family. We’re in need of a treat this Christmas, that’s for sure – and the best gifts are the ones that will uplift the mood and bring some cheer. 

If you want to spoil the interior design lover in your life and you’re stuck for ideas, then look no further – you’re sure to find the perfect Christmas present here. We’ve searched for the best gifts around for people who appreciate brilliant design and beautiful homes. 

1. Opulent trinkets by Katharine Pooley Ltd


The trinkets found on designer Katharine Pooley’s shop website are a stylish mix of organic and elegant. We can’t wait to get our hands on the decorative Celestite Hoop (£390 – £410). For a truly special gift, the Barbuda black shell trinket box is a real treasure. (£1,950.) 

2. Drinks Trolley by Soane Britain


The trend for home bars isn’t going away any time soon. The Nureyev Trolley by London-based furniture makers Soane Britain is finished with decorative solid brass finials and is a great example of divine British craftsmanship. Soane’s piece is an adaption of the classic Nureyev Trolley, inspired by a French 1940s drinks trolley owned by ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. Price on application. 

Look at how designer Beverley Boswell used custom versions of Soane Britain’s Baby Bear Sofas in the Linthwaite Hotel’s new Orangery here. 


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3. Hand-embroidered Palm Tree Placemats


These placemats are carefully embroidered by artisans in Rwanda and make a pretty addition to any table setting. White placemats can easily get crumpled and stained over time, but these are made from a thick, 100% linen, meaning they will wash easily and last. (£215 for six.)


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4. A show-stopping chandelier 


London-based designer Louise Bradley is one of the most exciting names to invest in today. Her chandelier designs are remarkable – the Thea Chandelier, for example, is made from cut glass droplets on a gilt metal frame. It’s ideal for creating a winter wonderland feel, as the glass gives the hint of icicles hanging from a winter’s branch. (£7,950)

5. Industrial style side tables


We couldn’t talk about independent homeware brands without mentioning Atkin & Thyme. We featured their latest furniture designs in our blog back in August and their art-deco inspired pieces are a big hit with our clients. Soon after, we even spotted one of their wooden sideboards in a client’s new orangery. 

Their Mother of Pearl Inlay Bedside Chest of Drawers in Grey (£349) could make a perfect gift to someone who loves using detail and pattern in their interiors. It’s handcrafted in India and decorated with an intricate floral leaf design and flower bud drawer handles.

6. ‘Every Room Tells A Story’ interior design book


She’s an award-winning British international designer and the founder of a collection of boutique hotels in London and New York. She’s collaborated with everyone from Wedgwood to Anthropologie and is known for her colourful, eclectic schemes. There’s no one better to learn the secrets of interior design from than Kit Kemp. ‘Every Room Tells A Story’ is an insight into Kit’s creative process and is filled with some truly stunning photographs. Wrap the book along with Kit Kemp’s Ultimate Lavender Set (lavender and eucalyptus berry, £165) and her rather charming fine bone china Afternoon Tea Stand set (designed with Wedgwood £395) for a thoughtfully curated gift. 

7. Handmade ceramic plates


Some believe that the key to a successful supper shared with friends is to have a fabulous table setting. It gives the evening a special feel and creates a sense of anticipation for the food that’s about to be served. Surely if they’ve gone to so much effort to make the table look good, then the meal is bound to be exquisite. These bespoke plates (£420 each) are made by Tom Rooth, who hand draws the designs using an underglaze pencil. Each one can take weeks to create and designs range from Turtles and circling seahorses to lobsters and bumble bees. 


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8. Cordless Lamps


Handmade to order by their specialist teams in Dorset, the lamps from Alexander Joseph Lamps are a dream for any interior design enthusiasts. Their floor and table lamps look stunning and are completely cord free meaning they can be positioned anywhere in the house. Unsightly electrical cords can now be a thing of the past and you can move them around depending on your mood. Back in October, we wrote about their newly launched Earth Range designed by Eva Baron. Find out more here.  

9. The scented candles EVERYONE is talking about



Rose Whispers, Sunday Papers and Powdery Skies; these are not the names of paint colours. These are in fact the different scents available from newly established brand Saint Fragrance. Their candle and fragrance products are all vegan, palm-oil free and made using natural ingredients. ‘My personal favourite, the addictive Late Night Fig. Which gives off the aroma of an expensive hotel lobby.’ says Lauren Murdoch-Smith from British Vogue. Their Balearic Isle candle fills your home with a heady coconut perfume, which is a treat if you had to cancel your beach holiday this year. The set of six candles (£210) is a lovely gift and allows your loved ones to pick and choose their favourite. 

10. Cashmere herringbone throws


One of the nicest things you can receive at Christmas is a beautiful cashmere throw. EMVYA designs their throws in London which are then hand woven by mater weavers in Nepal using traditional heritage methods. The wool fibres are coloured using eco-friendly Swiss colouring agents and each one takes three months to make. 100% Cashmere Herringbone Throws (£595) are available in two shades, Charcoal Grey and Hazel.  


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