Christmas 2017 – House tour

It is time to deck the halls!

I shared with you a few weeks back my inspiration for Christmas home decoration. A mixture of traditional, rustic and Scandinavian was my objective, so I thought I would give you peak so you can see what I have done to give our home a little Christmas hygge.

I did a little Christmas house tour video and keep scrolling to find all the details of my Christmas decorations.

I concentrated most effort in our living space as it is all open plan, starting with this Christmas banner from Next above our sofa. I love the colours and the traditional touches of tartan.

Next Christmas banner

In our kitchen area, I make sure to have a seasonal floral arrangement on our island through the whole of December. I am also obsessed with the M&S Christmas candle, the scent of cinnamon, spices and mandarin is just so Christmassy. I also have a festive cookie jar on display, in case of emergency cravings.

Kitchen Christmas decoration

A tradition I discovered when moving to the UK and that I absolutely love, is the Christmas card exchange! I love the fact that all your close ones give you cards and at the same time provide another great source of Christmas decorations. I line up the cards I receive in our living-room and love the festive vibe they give to our bookshelf. I love getting my cards from Paperchase or TK Maxx, they always have a tasteful selection!

Christmas cardsChristmas cards

On our sideboard, I have our advent calendar on display. This year we recycled the Liberty advent calendar Andrew got me last year and we filled it with little sweet treats for each other!

Liberty advent calendar

I also used one of the extra fairy light garlands I have to make a light feature out of our Ikea sideboard. For Christmas lights, I always go for ‘warm white’ as it gives a soft, cosy glow to the room. I once made the mistake to get the cool white lights and felt like I was living in a nightclub or laboratory for a month. And in case you are wondering, I got that white deer head years ago from Debenhams.

Ikea sideboard warm white Christmas lights

Finally, the most important Christmas decor item, the tree!

Let’s start from the bottom, to hide our Christmas tree stand I simply wrap all the gifts I have already and gather them around the tree. I personally much prefer this to some of the stand covers you can find.

Christmas giftsChristmas gifts

I get all my gift wrapping paper from M&S and Paperchase, my favourite this year is the Paddington bear paper!

Christmas wrapping paper M&S and Paperchase

The colours for the tree this year, as in most years, are red, white and grey. I like the simplicity and think a tree should be playful and fit to be part of the family life, not a precious piece of decoration no one can touch.

Christmas tree

Most of the baubles I have are from either M&S (again, I know but they often do a 3 for 2 deal so it is hard to resist), Paperchase (yes, I love that shop) and Ikea (unbreakable decorations!). Below are a few of my favourites.

This little porcelain gnome from M&S.

M&S porcelain gnome Christmas tree decoration

These giant baubles from M&S as well.

M&S Christmas baubles

Those little fabric gingerbread men from Flying Tiger (best shop for secret Santa gifts!).

Flying Tiger gingerbread men Christmas decoration

And these villages baubles from B&Q.

B&Q Christmas bauble

My favourite moment of the day in December is when I come home and after a long day at work and commuting, I finally turn on the Christmas tree light. Deep inside, my 7-years old self is jumping with joy.

Christmas tree lights

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