Deck the halls with bells and holly because Santa Claus is coming to town and I feel like an over-excited child in a sweet shop! Christmas is without doubt my favourite time of year. I’m in my element dressing the tree, staircase, mantelpiece and whatever else I can get my hands on.
I recently wrote an article for The Derbyshire Magazine, offering some festive inspiration for your home this Christmas. For those of you that haven’t seen it, take a look at my top 6 ‘must haves’ for creating a truly magical home.
1. A theme
Each year I like to create a theme that runs throughout my home by gathering inspiration from magazine cuttings and combining nostalgic memories and items that are precious to my family. This year, I’ve chosen an eclectic mix of antique silver and gold decorations with an abundance of warm white, fairy lights, candles and (of course) reindeers for my little boys!
2. A wreath for your front door
A stunning wreath on your front door is a lovely way to welcome friends and family to your home. I personally love to enhance the simplicity of natural foliage, so I’ve created a gorgeous eucalyptus and fir wreath adorned with tiny fairy lights.
3. The Christmas tree
I love a real Christmas tree and you can’t beat the fresh and festive scent of natural pine. My living room is currently home to a (rather large) Nordmann Fir from my local garden centre. The staff were so helpful and very patient with me as I ummed and ahhed over which tree was the bushiest, most symmetrical and smelt the best. I’m pleased to say, I selected an absolute stunner that was a real treat to decorate.
4. The mantelpiece
In a previous post titled Keep your home cosy this year, I wrote about fireplaces and how they can be incredibly welcoming and often a focal point within a room. Let your creative juices flow and create a festive focal point in your living room. This year, I’ve placed a gorgeous dried, white heather wreath above my mantelpiece, in front of the mirror. I’ve combined it with a frosted pinecone and fir garland from The White Company, entwined with tiny fairy lights for added sparkle.
The fire surround is dressed with my magical collection of snow globes, treasured since I was young. I love to watch my two sons captivated by the shimmering snowfall that surrounds the miniature scenes.
5. An inviting dining table
For me, Christmas dinner is the best time of day and it’s equally important the table looks the part. In my case it’s even more important as my cooking skills leave something to be desired! This year, I have chosen white stoneware and table linen combined with mirrored placemats, antique gold votives and a striking centrepiece of silver branches adorned with gold decorations. Candles are a must on any dining table, although I would suggest you use unscented so not to confuse the aromas of your festive feast!
6. Candles, candles and more candles
For those of you that know me, you’ll also know that candles are almost always lit in my home, whatever the time of year. They are incredibly relaxing and never fail to create a calming atmosphere. Christmas time is no exception and you can never have too many in my opinion. I’ve added some Scandi-chic to my entrance hall with a selection of silver and grey lanterns, teamed with pillar candles and tea lights.
Here’s some Christmas inspiration from my home – Enjoy!
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