It’s that time of year again when I can once more get excited about giving our home a total makeover, that lasts for approx one month, before it all comes down and normal service is resumed once more! It’s actually quite weird if you think about, all this temporary house decorating for what is essentially one day, but hey, I LOVE the festive period, and a festive home, so there is no way I’m complaining!
This year our home is decorated with a mix of old and new decorations (I like to buy perhaps one or two new items each December, and keep the rest from years gone by, as I think they create lovely memories as brought out time and time again). We don’t have a particular theme as such, just an eclectic mix of things we love, plus a few older items that we have inherited from our families that mean something to us (like my tree Angel, see here!)
I tend to put only a few different festive bits in our kitchen/diner. The paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling are a fun statement, and since this is a much-used ‘busy’ room anyway (Read: lots of stuff everywhere), all that’s needed apart from these is some well-placed fairy lights around our dresser, otherwise the room would look too cluttered and migraine-inducing (and I really don’t need any help on this front). Makes me feel so cosy and festive when the main lights are turned off!
Our living room is where the main festive magic occurs- I like dimmed lights (good lighting is so important), and luxurious finishing touches (like these embellished apples and pears, above). Even our deer vase, usually home to bright, summery flowers, has had a yuletide makeover!
I’ve been so chuffed that this year we’ve been able to afford to buy a new chair and sofa, to replace our far-too-big and CRAZY patterned red sofa. It looked great in our old flat, but always looked a bit awkward and out of character with the period of the house once we moved. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’ve been looking forward to the moment we got new chairs for a long while! <shallow> I am also doubly-chuffed with these absolutely fabulous ‘Hop’ cushions that Habitat sent us for our purple wonder. They match a treat, with or without festive decor, and the material is super-comfy, yet hard-wearing- essential with two small people on the loose! As a fan of grey too, they are in keeping with my kinda colour palette. I’ve been eyeing-up a couple of others for our leather chair come the New Year- watch this space. Habitat also have some ace sofas on their website- definitely worth a look if you’re looking for a new one for 2015.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without some sort of fireplace to stare at/hang your stocking on, even if you don’t have a real fire in it *wails* Ours is home right now to the cutest nativity set for the children, courtesy of my Mum a few years ago, and in lieu of a fire, some candles. Nothing says Crimbo to me quite like a Yankee Candle- I go for Sparkling Cinnamon every year without fail!
How do you decorate your home for the festive season?
Thanks so much to Habitat for sending us our beautiful cushions, we love ’em!
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