How personal touches make a home the perfect dinner party destination for Christmas

For Victoria Kelly, there are many parallels between interior design and entertaining – both inspire creative self-expression, in both she finds great pleasure and, perhaps most importantly, both are most rewarding when enjoyed with company.

Upon entering the Stanley home that Victoria shares with her husband and their two young children, neither her love of decorating nor her fondness for throwing a good party come as any great surprise. “I love welcoming people to my home and making them feel comfortable,” she explains. “A friend of mine, when walking into a beautifully decorated room in New York, commented that a well-designed room just makes you feel good – it’s so true. There’s this magic that happens with the right proportions and textures and light that can have a truly emotional effect. I feel that, for me, I have achieved it – being in my home makes me very happy.”

Indeed it should – the stunning space exemplifies the mix of scale, natural light and tactile tangibility that Victoria admires.

Forgo the formality with a simple white linen tablecloth and neutral napkins. Fruit, vegetables, herbs and garden greenery add colour and an irresistible organic ambience.

The interplay of textures and materials invites a moment's repose.

A pair of mid century-inspired chairs from Indigo Living upholstered by Albert Kwan from Wing Sun Upholstery frame the gallery wall perfectly.

An arresting abstract bought in Dafen Art Village adds bright bursts of colour in the inviting dining area.

A Chinoise chippendale chair and indigo-pattered cushion from Sasha Young Design set the colour scheme for the spare bedroom/office.

Little Birds by Sally-Ann Johns hangs above an antique cabinet purchased on Hollywood Road.

A muted cadet grey headboard sourced by Sasha Young Design structures the bedroom; distinctive Indian dressers bought shortly after the couple's engagement in India enjoy pride of place.

Starry wallpaper endows the children's bedroom with a sense of adventure.

Photography: Edgar Tapan
Styling: Gemma Blest
Art Direction: May Lau
Production: Emily Leung