Work and family commitments don’t leave me masses of time for decking the halls. So, my styling shortcuts need to deliver instant impact for minimal effort.
My aim? A Christmas home which offers maximum opportunity to celebrate and relax. From a fireplace focal point to creating the cosiest corners, here’s some inspiration for festive nesting.
An antique cartwheel, suspended in the kitchen, makes a seasonal centrepiece when decorated with twinkling lights, dried flowers and seed heads.
Sprigs of fresh & dried foliage, added to a trayful of handmade vases and liberally distributed, gives the feeling of abundance.
Cosying up the window seat keeps guests warm and comfortable during a long lunch. The littlest ones could even curl up for a sleep. A generous scattering of velvet cushions offer support, and soften hard surfaces.
The vibe of the dining table is elegantly festive; the deep khaki table runner and khaki French linen napkins add richness to the Rose Boheme tablecloth.
A beautiful dried flower decoration placed on each napkin makes a celebratory touch, and can be hung on the tree after lunch.
Beautiful hand-dipped beeswax candles add live light; Cinnamon Soy Pillar and Festive Spice candles bring a spicy Christmassy scent.
Flickering lights reflect from the rectangular brass trays adding a golden glow. The trays also keep molten wax away from luxury linen.
Post-lunch lounging is essential at Christmas; the sofa is made extra-luxe with sheepskin rugs, throws for snuggling under and fat velvet cushions, plumped and placed at least three deep.
An occasional chair, draped in soft merino wool blankets, is an invitation to snooze.
A combination of firelight and candlelight makes the mantlepiece a wonderful festive focal point.