Every year I tell James I’ll sort out and store our Christmas decorations in some form of orderly fashion but each time January rolls by I bundle them all together in various bags and boxes and shove them in the loft for another year. Not this year though. Following a recent shoot at my house I decided to chuck out all the broken baubles and pare back the collection. I’m intrigued to hear if anyone has any fairy light storage tips though as I still haven’t cracked the secret to a tangle-free string of lights.
We don’t have too many festivities going on at our house this year but last Saturday we had our annual friendmas get together which involved lots of cheese, prosecco and a screening of Elf. When I wrote this post I was in two minds about whether I’d deck out the whole house or just have a tree but after the mass organisation and the arrival of all the troops I felt it would be rude not to give all my baubles an outing. Turns out I am well and truly in the festive spirit this year.
As you know I go for a faux tree. The baubles have been collected over the years with the most recent being this copper star one from Cotswolds Company. My lights are for a tree far larger but as I weave them up and down all the individual branches I need a lot of lights. The crates are ones we’ve had for ages. I did use a belly basket last year but this is far sturdier after a toppling incident last year.
After banging on about going fake, I do have a teeny, very well inspected real one in here from B&M Bargains. The galvanised bucket was from an antique shop and all the baubles are last years from Paperchase. The topper is actually a gift tag from HomeSense last year. We buy a Christmas decoration every year on our anniversary and for 2017 we bought a brass Nkuku star from Burford Garden Co.
In the hall I’ve just gone for bunches of eucalyptus over the mirror and from the metal star I mentioned in my Christmas decoration post from Lights4Fun, which is now unfortunately out of stock. The pom-pom garland over the picture ledge was from HomeSense last year.
I found this milk urn in a vintage shop in Tooting for £35 and loved that it still has the lid. James carried it back on the tube which got some interesting looks. I’ve filled it with a load of boughs from Waitrose and hung a few copper decorations from it. I love a trinket with meaning or memory; the Chatsworth one is from last year’s trip with my mum and my sister and the wish bone was from our trip to New York in 2015.
The little tree is an old one from Ikea. The star garland strung around the tree was from Chatsworth Stables last year but Cox and Cox have a similar non-illuminated version.
I’ve still got a few bits and pieces left to put on display which I’m sure I’ll get round to this weekend. How are your Christmas decorations coming along?