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 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.
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.
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 the cards I receive in our living-room and love the festive vibe they give to our book shelf. I love getting my cards from Paperchase or TK Maxx, they always have a tasteful selection!
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!
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.
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 personnaly much prefer this to some of the stand covers you can find.
I get all my gift wrapping paper from M&S and Paperchase, my favourite this year is the Paddington bear paper!
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.
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.
These giant baubles from M&S as well.
Those little fabric gingerbread men from Flying Tiger (best shop for secret Santa gifts!).
And these villages baubles from B&Q.
My favourite moment of 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.