If Maison is anything to go by it’s going to be a black Christmas – colourwise that is. We were treated to a lunchtime chat with Michael Aram and heard all about his recently launched ‘jewelry’ collection at Bloomingdales, New York. Quite beautiful and now on our Santa wish list. This very chic acorn decoration by Michael epitomises the trend for a black and metallic Christmas. Even for Christmas the recycling theme we’re seeing everywhere continues. These incredible candles are burnt palm roots filled with heavenly scented wax as only the Italians know how. Just to finish off the Santa wish list, these exquisite shagreen and marble boxes topped with shells and coral are a taster of the collection at the Barbados showroom this Christmas. On a furniture front the London design team are always very focused on finding specifics for client’s projects. It’s just one of many places we use to source something unique and to brief. There’s a definite shift around the show for combining velvets with wool suitings – a very elegant ‘crombie’ look. Contrast piping in fabric or leather and studs are the finishing detail. At JENNY BLANC outdoor verandah furniture is just as important for our international clients.We represent Manutti in the Westward Islands, and Maison is the ideal way to experience first hand new and exciting pieces added to the range.These stunning Elements loungers are made for sleeping under the sun and the stars. The Air collection of sofas and loungers appear to float and the colours just melt into the landscape of an infinity pool. The best outdoor furniture relies on the quality of the materials combined with excellent design.These shapely chairs by Manutti have it all. Turquoise in its many shades is a recurring theme.These are just snapshots caught on IPad around the show which sum up this gentle shade. When you’re at Maison it’s the flower displays which stop you in your tracks. And, the last stop of the day ….. The Opera House at Place de La Madeleine for dinner with Michael Aram at the world renowned Opera Garnier. The select group included the great and good from Bloomingdales Dubai, Gum Moscow and Bemen Istanbul. Chef Stephane Bidi created a special menu for the evening with Acte I, II and III. Conjur up how beautiful Green Peas Gazpacho, Cod with Preserved Lemons and Lemon Thyme and The Classic Opera Cake could be. What an end to an inspiring day.