December is almost upon us, and it’s time to navigate the deep recesses of your roof space, find your Christmas decorations and prepare your home for the festive season.
Do you find yourself dusting off your old ornaments and never thinking outside the box (literally), when it comes to your theme and colour choices? Perhaps you always hang those vintage metallic foil baubles that your mum gave you (even though you’ve always secretly rolled your eyes at their 80’s vibe), or you stick to the same colour pallette you’ve had for the last 10 years, despite the fact that those red and blue baubles don’t coordinate with your newly painted ‘Spiced Honey’ walls.
I have to admit that I have been this person. The only thing that had changed in my home over the last ten years was when we did away with the annual trip to our local garden centre to choose a real tree, opting instead for a good quality faux tree. Now I loved that yearly event, but we made the choice to go artificial for two reasons. The first is that I like to put the tree up at the end of November (unashamed Christmas super-fan right here), and six weeks is a long time for a tree to withstand sitting next to a roaring fire (as soon as the weather hits less than double figures, you can guarantee our fire is lit!) Plus my husband AKA Chief Tree Waterer works all hours of the day and night, meaning said tree was usually as parched as a camel in the Atacama.
I have always hung bronze and gold baubles on my tree, and each year I have treated myself to a few new additions, but not really strayed from this colour scheme. Until now.
This year I wanted to opt for a more scandi feel, with predominantly white baubles, mainly because whilst visiting The Occasional Home event recently, I was blown away by the simple beauty of combining greenery, white decorations, and candlelight. This look is also classic, and won’t date which is great (although of course I’ll not wait 10 years before refreshing my decor again!) This is my tree this year.
I absolutely love how the fresh, white baubles stand out against the dark green of the tree, and I have also a hint of pale blue and copper in there to add some varying tones.
Can I encourage you this year, to do something fresh and different with your Christmas decor, whether it be creating a nordic style like me, or by adding bright colour, metallics, or indeed anything that fits in with your decor style? After all Christmas is all about what makes YOU feel happy and festive.
You might be thinking – “but it’s going to be expensive to change all my decorations”. And you’re right – it can be! But you can also get crafty and make some of your own. Read on for some of my favourite DIY decor ideas.
If you are going for a Scandinavian feel, then often less is more, as seen in these gorgeous images sourced from Pinterest.
You don’t have to go overboard with the amount of decorations, you can just have a few well placed baubles, twinkling lights and a DIY paper garland hanging on your tree and it will still look stunning. You can also make paper garlands or fans to hang from your banister like the one below.
How about foraging for a branch, hanging it up on clear wire and tying baubles to it to make a gorgeous feature for a wall or above your dining table?
I also love a DIY eucalyptus wreath, which can be hung against a wall, on a door or at the window as in the photo below from www.myscandinavianhome.com. All you need is a metal ring, which you can purchase for a few pounds on Amazon, for example. Then a couple of stems of greenery (it doesn’t have to be eucalyptus), tied onto the ring with floristry wire, and then some twine to hang it with. It couldn’t be more simple. Why not make a few and group them together?
If you are in the market for some new Christmas purchases, then these are some of my favourite baubles available to buy now.
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Until next time,