TOP 10 TIPS FOR A STYLISH CHRISTMAS – PART ONE
It’s that time of year again and to help you navigate a great looking silly season The Westies have teamed up with Justine from Happy Little Tenant who has come up with 10 tips for your most organised and stylish Christmas yet. Here are the first five. We will be sharing the rest with you next week, until then happy first day of summer and the official start to the festive season!
1. PLAN AHEAD
Consider what you’d like your Christmas to look like, and purchase any additional ornaments or decorations, if required, well before December 1, so its not a needlessly stressful and busy rush. Make sure you also start your gift shopping early too, personally I’m on the look out year round. I ordered my first ‘official’ Christmas gift way back in August! (a little crazy I know!) And don’t feel the need to go too overboard, Christmas isn’t really about the gifts anyway, its about celebrating life and love.
By ensuring you have purchased some of the gifts on your list early, you can start to wrap in preparation for the tree going up. The Christmas tree is never really complete without gifts underneath!
2. THINK ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR, CONSIDER YOUR SURROUNDINGS
The simplest way to create a seamlessly, stylish look is to co-ordinate your Christmas decorations & styling with your interior décor. Just choose a single element from in your home that you would like to highlight and work from there.
3.THE RULE OF THREE, STYLING
Everything is better in groups of three, or at least in odd numbers, somehow this feels balanced, and it just works. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and more effective. This applies to groups of candles, decorations, even a stack of wrapped gifts. Once you start to place items in small balanced groupings, your space as a whole then feels more coherent and balanced as a whole. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and it doesn’t have to always be completely obvious either, you create a vignette with a tall potted plant, an ornament and a pine cone – this grouping would subtly reflect ‘the rule of three’ by utilising items that are differing in heights.
4. STICK TO A CAREFULLY CURATED COLOUR SCHEME
Choose a colour scheme, again referring back to ‘the rule of three’, and stick to it. It might be overly simple and obvious, but after recently convincing my Mum to finally change up her Christmas ornaments, I said to her “just keep it simple, choose three colours and stick with it.” White and black are a good base, or even a natural timber, and then if you want to add a colour, like red, then the colours will never clash because you’ve got a neutral palate to begin with. I thought this was all quite obvious but she had an ‘ah ha’ moment and was so inspired that she went out and did just that!
This year, I’ve chosen white, black and natural timbers, no surprises there I’m sure! This scheme is sure to work with elements already featured in my home and therefore will create a seamless transition from one space to the next. I have continued my Christmas colour scheme right throughout, from ornaments for the tree, to little sprinkles of Christmas featured in various parts of my home, even down to my Christmas gift wrap. Quite often this last one is an after thought, but the gift wrap plays a huge part in our Christmas set-up so make sure to consider it. It’s a good idea to just periodically take a step back and imagine everything set-up together, will anything look out of place?
I’ve slightly touched on this already, but gift-wrapping is important. It is often the final element you add to your tree and then it inadvertently becomes a feature. Select your gift-wrap carefully, choose papers that will compliment your scheme, not clash with it. Wrap as you go, there is nothing more daunting than having a mountain of gifts as tall as you are to wrap – but if you wrap a few at a time it is much more manageable.
Wrap with purpose – fold the corners sharp, stick the edges down properly, be careful not to leave any loose ends, use matching ribbon, gift tags and cards. Presentation is key! And if you’re stuck and aren’t sure how to wrap, don’t be afraid to ask, send me an email – I’m more than happy to share my skills.
Hope this helps get you started! We will be sharing another five tips next week. Until the check out Justine’s work here.
View part two here
Styling and Words: Justine Schafer
Photography: Katrina James