decorating for Christmas
Ever since we completed the living room overhaul, I’ve been anticipating being able to start planning and decorating for Christmas. We finished the living room in March so that’ll give you some idea of my enthusiasm levels.
I wanted to remove the traditional reds we had before and stay as neutral as possible without it feeling cold. Looking out my window at the dark Monday skies today, it seems we need all the glow we can get.
The look I had in mind was mixed metals, some natural texture, lots of twinkle and plenty of white. Our faithful artificial tree kind of dwarfs the room and I did briefly consider something smaller and less obvious but you know what, no matter how minimal my leanings may be in other areas, Christmas needs to be obvious. The world needs Christmas this year!
The gathering of new bits and pieces began last year before we’d even started on the room itself. A few post festive season reductions were scooped up as we mooched around the shops between Christmas and New Year and stored away ready for their 2016 debut. Not even the Waitrose Christmas section was safe – I think I managed to sneak something in the trolley every time I went in.
Harvest Log Basket with Rope Handle – Garden Trading | Orange & Clove Candle, Wooden Stars, Copper Geo Ornaments, Wooden Merry Christmas Hearts, Koba Bowl Basket – All Amara c/o | Brass Stars & Large Black, White & Gold Baubles – Amara c/o but since sold out | Pink Baubles – similar here | Helsinki Glass Star Baubles – John Lewis | White Porcelain Stars & Hearts, Mini Felt Penguins – sold out but love this one, Grey Felt Baubles & Mini Porcelain Bell set – all The White Company c/o
This season, when the first White Company Christmas catalogue landed with a satisfying thwack on the doormat I pounced on it in the manner of Buddy The Elf. As the season has approached there’s been selective lingering in garden centres, John Lewis and even Homebase. As a rule I never linger in Homebase – that’s Patrick’s department.
Trim The Tree & Hang A Stocking!
Among my favourite new tree decoration additions are the flecked glass and embroidered grey felt baubles from The White Company and some chunky wooden stars and copper geo ornaments from Amara. There’s lots to detail here but I’ve either linked it or you can see it in the Shop The Post scroll bars at the end of the post.
Mixed in with some recently acquired sparkle and festive frippery are a few favourites from last year. The White Company Mercury Dome Tealight holders that I bought after going to their Christmas dinner two years ago have come into their own once more – as did the sparkle stars for scattering. This year they have scatter snowflakes – the temptation to add them to my collection is strong. Given that I’ve put four orders in from them in as many days, I really need to refrain now.
From the Homebase lingering episode (more specifically the Habitat concession in store), is a faux fur stocking that I popped on Instagram here. I snapped this up at the end of last year for about £8 I think but there’s something similar here at Amara although a bit more pricey. Unless you think of it as Cost Per Christmas then it’s an investment! I also love the cream knitted version with pom poms from John Lewis for just £12 and the Fair Isle knitted stocking in grey from The White Company.
Stag Cushions – John Lewis | Blanket – Lauren Aston | Terrarium – Anthropologie : similar here at Oliver Bonas | Copper Pineapple – Oliver Bonas | Winterberry Lights – The White Company c/o | Baies Candle – Diptyque | Copper Tray – Oliver Bonas
Last year’s Stag cushions from John Lewis are back in stock for 2016 and work really with my treasured Lauren Aston blanket. And the blogger standard side table cactus has made way for a penguin snow globe I picked up in West Elm last November.
The wooden table top Christmas tree also came from Homebase for £5 last year. This, with these White Company star twinkle lights wrapped around it and placed on a white lacquer tray is one of my favourite things in the room! I’ve included a similar wooden tree in the Shop The Post selection below.
A few random baskets filled with baubles and I’m as happy as a clam…or whatever it’s festive equivalent is. A chestnut?
Mini Porcelain Bells, Hanging Bark Star, Sparkle Bud Garland – all The White Company c/o | Large Log Basket – Garden Trading | White Pillar Candles | Koba Bowl Basket, Twig decoration – Amara c/o since sold out : similar available | Assorted Silver Baubles | NOEL Wooden Letters – Waitrose : similar at John Lewis |
My Favourite part…the night time twinkle!
With the wood burner, plenty of logs stacked up and various scented candles on rotation, I’m feeling all manner of festive, cosy and Hygge’d up to the max.
I know it’s a little early to be full on festive by 21 November but I’ve done it for you – no really I have! In order to give you the blog low down on all the really great stuff that sells out super fast, we had to bring decorating for Christmas forward by a couple of weeks.
I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again…I LOVE my job!
What sort of festive look are you planning at home this year and where do you love to shop for your seasonal cheer adornments?
Happy Early Christmas! Amanda xx
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TRIM THE TREE
All other living room furniture and product detail can be found here in this post.