Mondays can be a little blue but Day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas will fill you with festive cheer thanks to Soumya from Made by Molu.

12 Days of Christmas | Soumya Thomas McBrien | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Soumya Thomas McBrien | west elm

“Growing up in the Middle East with most of our school holidays spent in India, our Christmases were somewhat different to what we’d have here in the UK. While Santa, turkey dinners, and gift-swapping traditions were more of the western influence, ours typically revolved around carol services at the church followed by family gatherings around the table for a relaxed meal at lunch (be it at home or eating out) that usually consisted of a medley of both east and western dishes.”

12 Days of Christmas | Soumya Thomas McBrien | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Soumya Thomas McBrien | west elm

“To this day, it is still very much the heart of how I celebrate Christmas; it’s the coming together of families around the table, sharing and celebrating in the spirit of Christmas that really sum up the festive season for me. I wanted to create a table that reflected both my cultural influence and personal tastes that developed over the years; an east-meets-west inspired setting by combining Indian and Scandinavian elements that embodied a warm yet stripped-down simplicity and elegance. The handmade paper star lanterns, have for decades, been a tradition back in India that were hung out in the porch – like the Christmas tree here in the west, it represented Christmas and why I felt it was essential to incorporate into the overall styling as a reminiscent nod to my background. I kept the table relatively minimal and neutral, dressing it up with leftover paisley-patterned Liberty fabric and geometric-patterned napkins I had at home to fuse the two styles together even further. Subtle hints of gold are introduced through the organic dinnerware and cutlery to add a bit of understated glamour to the relaxed setting.”

12 Days of Christmas | Soumya Thomas McBrien | west elm

Shop the look (UK): Organic Dinnerware // Gold Pie Serveware // Gold cheese knife set

Shop the look (US): Organic Dinnerware // Gold Pie Serving set // Gold Cheese Knives

12 Days of Christmas | Soumya Thomas McBrien

Soumya is an Architect-turned-graphic designer and DIY enthusiast. She has a love for typography, lettering and art direction and you’ll often find her swooning over Scandi-inspired homes, drinking lots of coffee, exploring new places, or blogging about home improvement and DIY antics. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

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