TOP 10 TIPS FOR A STYLISH CHRISTMAS – PART TWO
Here is the second half of our collaboration with Happy Little Tenant, last week be brought you the first five of our ten tips to a stylish Christmas and today we present the final five, we hope your Christmas is already off to a stylish start. Do let us know which tip you like best in the comments below.
6. LESS IS MORE
If you think you’re going over the top, then chances are that you probably are. Step back, look at your tree while you decorate it, make sure it looks and feels balanced, and evaluate your choices. The beauty of Christmas decorations and ornaments is that they’re not permanent, so what you put up you can always remove.
7 . AVOID THE GLITTER OVERLOAD!
There is nothing wrong with a little bit of sparkle, especially at this time of year. But overloading on ‘traditional’ Christmas decorations, where everything is covered in glitter, is probably the easiest way to step away from a tasteful, stylish Christmas. Instead, think about creating a slight contrast, have one type of ornament that brings the sparkle and then think about other elements to include such as shape, colour and line. There are so many simple ways to create interest. And if you really need to expand the sparkle, consider candles. They create a beautiful warm, magical light without the mess associated with glitter.
8. DON’T GO OVERBOARD
Focus on decorating in little pockets.
I know Christmas is exciting but no-one wants their home to look like Christmas literally exploded! Instead, replace some of your usual decorator items with subtle Christmas decorations, and create little points of interest around your home. This helps to create movement, and will encourage your eye to move around the space, to take it all in and appreciate it. If you’ve gone to a bit of effort, it will have more of a chance to be noticed and appreciated.
9. DON’T BE AFRAID TO STEP AWAY FROM TRADITION
There are so many beautiful items available, that aren’t traditionally ‘Christmas’, but that you can utilise to create your own unique spin this time of year. Instead of a traditional holly wreath on your front door, The Woodsfolk have some beautiful felt-ball wreaths, and matching stockings (that I love) I might add. Instead of tinsel, a simple and stylish natural timber garland, something like the one I’ve hung under the highlight window near our Christmas tree is just perfect, this one is available from Grimesy and Rat. Instead of mountains of singing stuffed toys, you can create a beautiful grouping combining a few select ornaments and place it in a simple concrete bowl, just like the one I currently have on my dining table from Designstuff. Just to name a couple, but in reality, the possibilities are endless.
10. RELAX & ENJOY YOUR EFFORTS
When you’re organised, and start your gift shopping and wrapping early, once you decorate your tree, and home you can sit back and really admire your efforts. There is nothing worse than spending every free moment in December fighting for a car space and waiting in queues.
When you plan ahead the festive season is much more pleasant and enjoyable, and a real wind down. Then you have time to really take it all in too. That’s what this time should be all about, spending time with your loved ones, thinking about the year that’s been and the year ahead, and being grateful for all that you have, well that’s what it is for me anyway.
Missed the first five tips? Read them here.
Styling and words: Justine Schafer
Photos: Katrina James