“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

The bright orange pumpkins and spooky halloween decor has been put away until next year, the loud bangs of fireworks have drifted off with the wind and it’s time to begin welcoming Winter in our homes… but more importantly, Christmas!

The lead up to the 25th December is my absolute favourite time of year for so many reasons.

Starting from the 1st December, or even mid-November for some of us Christmas lovers, we begin dressing the house for Winter with the bringing in of the great outdoors.

Garlands draped over the fireplace, a festive wreath hung on the front door to spread festive cheer to our neighbours and passersby.

Then there is the tree, whether it be real or faux those twinkly lights bring the magic in your home.

As an interior lover, nothing excites me like dusting off the baubles and decorating the house. Over the years I’ve established a beautiful collection of decorations.

You won’t find any festive red or brights colours in this house though. I’m a lover of neutrals but I enjoy using different materials as well as mixing in some metallics and textures to add interest.

Every year we add new items to our ever growing collection of Christmas decor too, mainly because once the shops begin to display their decorations, I find the temptation all too much. So, year on year I like to think it only gets better.

We love hosting Christmas at our house and each year we have our families round for Christmas dinner. Dressing the table for Christmas dinner adds that little touch.

I start by using a simple garland and begin to build this up by adding some eucalyptus stems. I’ll also pop in a few bits of real eucalyptus from my local flower market.

In between the foliage, I’ll place some candlesticks. I choose to use both tall and short to add height.

Completing the tables cape with a place setting for each guest.

Now, where to put the turkey?

All my decorations and pieces have been sourced on a budget from various retailers; supermarkets and garden centres that offer extensive ranges nowadays and Ikea and Homesense are great for versatile finds and the finishing touches.

 

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