We have made it through the first week of December, it comes round so quickly and suddenly there are Christmas trees everywhere and the pressure is on to drag the boxes of decorations out of the attic and see what you have to work with. Anytime from now is good to start creating your festive theme. The best bit is the unwrapping of all the decorations from their coloured tissue and old bits of newspaper and then of course the childish excitement to discover these bejewelled and colourful festive treasures. This year we did a 'reccy' of some well known retailers to see what was on offer and to look at the festive colour trends. There are some really fab little finds out there, rule of thumb is to buy a few things each year to add to your collection which are timeless and look like they were literally handcrafted by elves.
The Fireplace is the focal point of any room and in a way the easiest area to style. A simple swag with intertwining lights, a few well positioned tea lights and then some larger statement pieces for balance and proportion which will also draw the eye. Here we used some tall white candlesticks, a stunning red coral in the centre and some rust coloured fun reindeer on either side of the mantle piece. In the fireplace hearth an Indian brass tray provides a lovely backdrop for pillar candles and piled up pomegranates, fruit and nuts. We have also planted up some potted 'paper white' bulbs this year for constant flowers over Christmas.
The hallway pictured below painted in' Inchyra Blue' from Farrow & Ball made a great backdrop for this cutely decorated little corner that during the year would go otherwise unnoticed. This simple silver tree with lights from John Lewis is a fantastic alternative to a standard Christmas tree and fits anywhere. We used some silver oversized baubles from our own collection and some gorgeous decorations from John Lewis; a tiny little beaded stocking, a folklore bird disc and a gorgeous embroidered mesh panel. All beautiful quality and exquisitely made. The fragrant circle of dried fruits from Jormaepourri at John Lewis gives off the most amazingly addictive Christmas smell so a great piece to put in a hallway to welcome guests.
On our footstool bespoke made by the London Footstool Company we used a big mirorred tray, the reflections look great in the twinkly lights and the mirror is a great backdrop to show off some pretty things, a gold rimmed glass bowl from Waitrose for nuts and angel and crown tea light holders from our own Christmas range at Trinity Interior Design. Christmas styling done, now to finish decorating the tree........