Christmas Decor Ideas
December already! Each winter season I’m surprised by how fast we seem to go from the end of the summer to the end of the year in one swift jump, don’t you? It’s especially true this year since I spent some of September and November away, which broke the pace of the trimester nicely and gave me room to recharge. The last few months have flown by.
You will know this already but I love the holiday season. The excitement of carefully picking gifts for my loved ones, shopping for the prettiest wrapping paper, liaising with my family to establish a festive menu for fifteen guests, packing my suitcase for ten days in France, preparing a stack of books to read by the fire, and well, the anticipation of being able to catch up with everyone. It’s a special time where we can just embrace a little sparkle, be a little childish, and where I see my parents’ otherwise modern and uncluttered homes dressed up in bright colours, nostalgic music, and the omnipresent delicious smell of something sweet baking in the oven.
This week, I’ve been browsing some of my favourite interior e-shops and bookmarking great festive picks to adorn your living room and dining table. There’s no reason we can’t give our home a little love before the 25th, is there? Personally, I’m all for slowly building a cosy atmosphere which you can enjoy all month long.
A Midcentury Modern Home
If you have a midcentury feel in your living room (which is the case in our flat!) chances are you embrace colours and graphic patterns all year long. If you’re like me though, you can’t go too crazy with adding much more statement pieces during the holiday season because you have a fair amount of homewares that already stand out so my advice is to pick one theme and one theme only, and to stick to it. Copper, for instance, brings just the right touch of glam and lends itself very well to a retro home look.
1 // Festive Door Wreath by Flower Studio (£49)
2 // Copper Candle Holder by Lassen (£161)
3 // Copper Metal Bowl by Oliver Bonas (£10)
4 // Copper Cheese Board by Oliver Bonas (£75)
5 // Wooden Christmas Tree by Skandium (£89)
A Provençal Cosy Home
If you’re a fan of the rustic look, like my mom who is nailing the provence style in her home, you have a minimal approach to home living. Your colour accents of choice are around a palette of white, beige, and grey which lets daylight do its thing, and your wooden furniture, warm textiles picks, and artisan homewares bring a touch of cosy to the space. I think sticking with organic textures is right for this look, and choosing festive picks for your home that have a touch of gold or sparkle but stay on the chic side will do the trick.
1 // Christmas Tea Lights by Dot Com Gift Shop (£17)
2 // Glass Cloche by Kikki K (£12)
3 // Gold Speckled Star by Mon Pote (£4)
4 // Felt Sparkle Wreath by West Elm (£23)
5 // Wool Wrapped Christmas Tree by Habitat (£60)
A Heritage Chic Home
Now for the bold and the brave who have embraced dark tones all year long, I salute you! I am secretly in love with unapologetically lux living spaces, glam wallpaper, chesterfields, velvet etc. but I don’t know if that’s a look I’ll ever pull off. For the Heritage home, I think amping up the volume and letting gold accents run free is the right way to go. If you throw a lavish party this winter, you are very welcome to invite me over.
1 // Gold Foil Lanterns by Mon Pote (£14)
2 // Gold Confetti Decanter by Oliver Bonas (£19)
3 // Tiered Candle Holder by Habitat (£24)
4 // Martini Cocktail Glasses by John Lewis (£29)
5 // Brass Word by West Elm (£24)
I hope you enjoyed this first foray into Christmas territory, the rest of my posts this month will all be Christmas-themed (of course!). If you’re happy for some more festive fun, tune in on Friday for tips on where to shop independent this season, and starting next week, for some great Christmas gift guides. Now for photo credits, the corner and leather sofas I included in this post are from the British Furniture Brand Fishpools, respectively the Jasper, Esprit, and Britannia model. Let me know which one is your favourite?