This weekend is a very special one in Dublin, when the history and elegance of Merrion Square is celebrated at the Christmas on the Square event. On Saturday there will be music and antiques, and wreath-making and gorgeous Irish crafts for sale at the Irish Architectural Archive at number 45, as well as a tour of the square by fashion historian Ruth Griffin and the wonderful Frederic William Burton exhibition at the magnificently restored National Gallery.

So, in readiness for Saturday, this week it was time to deck the halls at Number 56. Out came the decorations (and the ladder!), and in came our amazing florists Ruth Monaghan and her talented team from Appassionata to arrange huge garlands of fresh pine, nutmeg and eucalyptus, which immediately filled the air with the unmistakable scent of Christmas.

To the soundtrack of Kitty La Roar "Valentines Christmas" artist in residence at the glamorous Rosewood Hotel London, who we recently launched in Merrion Square, up went our 16-foot Christmas tree (which I sourced many years ago after seeing its majestic scale in the Four Seasons New York) adorned with gold Faberge jewelled eggs and decorations collected over a lifetime that hold so many special memories.

Beautiful Tableware In The Christmas Room

Decorative pieces by L'Objet

If you are looking for original and beautiful gifts, drop in at Number 56 this weekend. For the second year, we have a Christmas Room on the first floor at Number 56, an inviting Aladdin’s Cave of treasures and trinkets which I have selected on my travels around the world.

Evening purses, cashmere wraps, our most extensive and unusual jewellery collection to date, perfumed candles and fragrance, and accessories for the festive table and bar, there are many lovely, elegant pieces.

We can even carefully select pieces for your consideration before you arrive, so that choosing is made easier. And if you'd rather give someone the pleasure of choosing their own gift, a gift card is an eminently sensible option. The hard work of choosing over, you can relax with a glass of champagne while your gifts are being smartly wrapped - and despatched, if you wish – we can take care of it all.

A Selection of Earrings From Our Jewellery Collection

With the tree decorated and shimmering, it was time to light our Voluspa Mandarino Canelo candles to add the heady scent of citrus and cinnamon to the mix. When we popped a smart red collar on Paddy Paws and lit the fire in the hall, we felt Christmas was truly here again.

Our Beautiful Georgian Wrap, Inspired By The Square Silk Pocket Squares by Turnbull & Asser