Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Decoration Themes - Scandi Monochrome

One of the biggest trends for 2014 has been for all things monochrome. The scandinavians have shown us that less really is more with their pared down simple black & white schemes and the use of natural elements in the home.




The shops are full of black & white stylish decorations for Christmas, if this is your style you will be spoilt for choice. Here are a few of my favourites plus gift wrap to complete your scheme.


White antler candle holder and branch tree with lights from Graham & Green
http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/christmas-1



A selection of black & white scandi style decorations from John Lewis

Bespoke glass bauble Not on the High Street


Christmas garland & black & white bakers twine Papermash
Black & white polka dot gift wrap NOTHS


Some cheap & easy ways to bring scandi style into your Christmas scheme are by using galvanised buckets to place a small fir tree in, mine was picked up for £6 from Leek antique market and they can be easily found in traditional hardware shops. Also collect some gnarled branches from an old tree next time you're on a walk and give them a light wash of white or pale grey paint, then twist white lights around and you have a chic and simple scandi style decoration.



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Decoration Themes - Retro and Vintage

If you are a lover of all things retro and vintage and your home is filled with your collections, then this is your year! The stores have never been so inspired by all things vintage, kitsch & retro.




I love this American Airstream van which is available from Vintage Vacations



John Lewis have a fab range of retro baubles

Both the above are from Marks & Spencer

These baubles remind me of the packaging of Tunnocks snowballs - Rockett St George
Honeycomb pom poms from Party Parade available in various colours

Concertina garlands remind me of my childhood. These are from Rag & Magpie
Don't forget the babycham glasses to go with this little lady from Harrods
Another childhood memory, candy canes, available from most supermarkets and looking great decorating this window?
Retro stripes and spots decorate this reversible gift wrap from Ikea.

No retro home would be complete without a snow globe. You can follow my easy step by step guide on how to make your own here.













Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Decoration Themes - Copper and Metallics

Every year as well as the traditional way to decorate your home for the festive season, there are new trends to tempt us to trim our trees and deck our halls in different ways.

This year following on from the trend for all things industrial, there are some amazing copper and metallic decorations available. These are perfect if your style is contemporary and look amazing against a dark backdrop of midnight blue or moody charcoal grey.





copper and other metallics such as brass and zinc work well together and rustic wood tables and shelves are the perfect surface to show them off.



Copper decorative antlers, cookie cutter lights and copper coloured wrapping paper all from Cox & Cox





A vast selection of metallic baubles and Christmas decorations are available through Rockett St George



Contemporary gold and brass decorations and moroccan lights from Rose & Grey
Fallen feathers wreath Anthropologie

Floral copper Christmas wreath Rockett St George











Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas Scented Candles 2014

Todays mini Christmas blog topic, about everything decorative for your home, features scented candles. For me, a home at Christmas is as much about the smell of it as it is about the look? Nothing beats the scent of fresh pine needles on a cut tree, the smell of an open fire or Christmas treats baking and cooking in the kitchen. But fear not, if none of this is happening in your home over the Christmas period, you can still bring in the smell of Christmas with some of these beautiful fragrant candles.

Here are just a few of my favourites which I happily sniffed for you all as I browsed around the festive laden shops.

Winter by The White Company blending cinnamon, clove and orange


A trio of winter fruit fragrances by The White Company

A personal favourite Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone 

Marks & Spencer Frankincense & Myrrh decorative votive, currently on offer at 3 for 2!


Joy by Archipelago from Selfridges



Village Christmas by True Grace comes in a glass candle holder or tin for a more contemporary look

Not essentially a Christmas scent but a delightful heady smell which would make a wonderful Christmas gift to give or keep all for yourself and the copper container is perfectly on trend for this season!
London by Tom Dixon