Every year, Rich and I have a minor tiff about Christmas decorations. I always want to go classy and co-ordinated but still warm and Christmassy, and he always wants to go bold, brash and tacky. I like warm, twinkling fairy lights; he likes Father Christmas toilet seat covers and tinsel in the most garish of colours.
This year, we’ve come to a compromise. I’m going to be in charge of the indoors, and he is allowed to decorate the outside of the house. As I am typing this, I am wondering, what the hell have I agreed to?! If any of my neighbours are reading this, I apologise now.
So because I have free rein of the lounge, hallway and kitchen (where we spend the most of our time, right?!), I’m determined to make the interior of our humble abode a stylish Christmas wonderland. The only question is, which theme to go for?
I’m really drawn to rustic industrial trinkets and treasures at the moment. The ‘Noel’ letters in the header above are from Zara. And in the selection below I’ve included a range of natural elements – from the hessian of the reindeer to the felt of the chubby little hanging bird and acorns. Whilst I would be tempted to adorn the wooden stag head with sprigs of holly or mistletoe over the festive period, you could most definitely keep it on display all year round.
This is the scheme that lends itself most to our house because most of our rooms are a combination of grey, white and oak. I think the addition of some red would bring a touch of warmth and vibrancy to proceedings. Lovely Lolly treated lucky Hector to the felt penguin and embroidered grey bauble below, and editor Lauren has fallen for these copper and gold constellation decorations. I was a little confused at some of the seemingly non-Christmassy decorations in Paperchase (sequinned hot dog or Christmas octopus anyone?), but these unusual midnight marble baubles made up for them.
Joyful Jewel Tones
I think the way to do jewel tones is to buy a set of simple colourful baubles (such as these ones from Paperchase) and then intersperse with one or two really gorgeous intricate creations (like this work of art from John Lewis). Peacock inspired ornaments are definitely having a moment, I love this delicately decorated bauble from Maisons Du Monde and these opulent glass creations with actual peacock feathers from Not On The High Street.
Did you catch Roses and Rolltops blogger Rebecca’s living room tour yesterday? Blinking beautiful. As is her Instagram feed, where I spotted this uber-cute car-in-a-jar. My dad loves VW campers so I will definitely be buying him a camper van one for Christmas. But back to presents – ahem – Christmas decorations for myself. I’ve been on the hunt for a garland that I can drape across my fireplace for ages so I was tickled pink when Lauren pointed me in the direction of this one from Tesco. And whilst we are talking pink, how pretty is this Faberge Egg bauble (which doesn’t really fit in to any of these inspiration categories but is too cute not to include!)?
Well that has got me fully in the Christmas spirit. Please excuse me while I go and watch Love Actually/Elf/that film where the neighbours have a Christmas lights competition.
Have you started thinking about decorations yet? Are you going to go for a scheme, and if so which one? I would love to know if there are any other cute Christmassy trinkets or beautiful baubles that I need to add to my wish list.