Giving the house a festive makeover is definitely one of my preferred Christmas jobs. Alongside the present wrapping, I find it strangely therapeutic and I love seeing all of my ideas come together. I’d happily have a wreath on my door all year round and I adore the house being lit up with twinkling fairy lights.
These days however, I have significantly less time for any sort of interior styling and with Evie around (who seems to leave a trail of mess everywhere she goes), most days I’m just happy if there’s no stray bits of food on the floor. I wasn’t sure I’d manage to ‘deck the halls with boughs of holly’ this year, but thankfully with my Husband working from home this last week, and E being kind enough to nap (I won’t say more than that for fear of jinxing it), I’ve been allowed to indulge the faffer in me and spend time decorating the house in time for Christmas. Fa la la la la, la la la la
Last year we went fairly traditional with our decor – lots of red, green and gold, with candy canes hanging, a holly wreath and dark floral wrapping (you can take a look at our living room last year in this post, and my wrapping in this post) but this year I decided I wanted to go a little more chic and minimal, with a slight Skandinavian/Nordic touch. Most of it happened as a happy accident simply from spotting bits and pieces that I loved in different shops and building the look from there. But I aimed for lots of white, green and brushed metallics for the living room, went a little crazy with the snow spray, tried to steer clear of some of the more garish tree decorations and opted for a Skandi silver and white wrapping theme. I chose a full leafy wreath and decorated it myself with oranges, berries and pine cones so that our door really stood out, added a little touch of red to the hallway so that it felt festive as you walked in to the house and adorned every surface with lots of lights.
Styling spaces really is one of my favourite things so I thought I’d show you how it all came together in today’s post. Where possible I’ve mentioned where I bought individual pieces from, but for the most part I picked things up from florists and local shops. If there’s anything I’ve missed out, just give me a shout.
Wreath base, dried orange slices, pine cones and floral wire – local florist | Red Berries – charity shop | Hanging bell – Poundland
I’d estimate the nearly 90% of the doors in our little town are decked out in pretty wreaths, and personally I just LOVE it. It makes the streets look so festive and I certainly wasn’t going to be left out. I actually made a gorgeous succulent wreath at a Christmas workshop with Not on the high Street but I wanted to keep that one indoors as it’s supposed to be a year long wreath which continues to grow and I’m absolutely terrified I’ll kill it didn’t want to chance the frost and snow doing so for me. It’s living inside our kitchen for now where I can keep an eye on it so for the front door I went for something a little more traditional and statement. I’d love to learn how to make one of these myself but this year I went for the next best thing and bought the undecorated wreath shell from my local florist and decorated it myself. A lazy girls version of DIY if you will, but one that I think worked out rather well. I used string and floral wire to attach pine cones, dried orange slices and red berries and finished with a rustic hanging bell from Poundland. I may have to keep it up well into January as I’m so in love with it!
Stockings – Poundland | Garland, foliage and garland decorations – local florist | Lights – Morrisons
Last year our hallway and staircase got decidedly neglected on the decoration front so this year I thought I’d add a few touches so that it felt cosy and festive as soon as you entered the house. I’d seen various pictures on Pinterest with staircases wrapped in garlands and wanted to give that a go. I bought a 3m plain fir garland from my florist (it’s fake and made with wire so that it’s easy to wrap around, but from afar you can’t tell), added a string of white lights (which have 8 different settings by the way – so many options) and some pine cones sprayed with snow spray and small apple decorations, again from my florist. A couple of Nordic red stockings (last years designs) hanging from the branches finished it off. Then I simply filled a big vase with dried eucalyptus and red berries (my favourite festive floral combination) to sit at the doorway and hung some lights from our wooden bench.
The Fireplace and Mantelpiece
E Stocking – Paperchase | Garland – Wilko | Lights and decorations – independent shop | Candles – M&S | kids chair – My 1st years | Hanging decorations – Poundland | Lantern – Wilko | Logs – Homebase
Into the living room and our fireplace really is the focal point of the room so I always like to create a display within it. I’m determined to eventually fill the whole thing with logs to stay all year round but it’s such a huge fireplace and logs are expensive so I’m building it up slowly. For now I bought a pack from Homebase, let them dry out and then snowed the tops with snow spray to give the look of an Arctic ski lodge. I then simply added a rose gold lantern, some candles, and more snow sprayed pine cones. Evie’s little chair and the snow globe my Mum bought her just fit the them perfectly so I couldn’t resist displaying them too.
The mantelpiece all began with this gorgeous frosted garland from Wilko which has brushed gold berries (last year I made my own mantelpiece garland but honestly it was a bit of a faff and I knew I wouldn’t have the time this year, plus the bought ones are so good). A set of white star lights from a local independent shop on our high street, our Noel candles from M&S last year (which I won’t let anyone light), some gold glitter leaves and a few cute decorations in similar colours, and it was almost finished. I found the hanging white stars from Poundland and thought they fitted the rustic Nordic look, plus a couple of hanging pieces always disguise the emptiness of the huge fireplace slightly.
Decorations all from independent shops, Etsy and Not on The High Street
We picked up a real tree from a local tree farm this year (read all about our trip here) and after judging simply by eye, we were pretty pleased when it fit into the corner of the room perfectly (last year we had our tree on the opposite side by the window but it blocked the TV slightly so we thought we’d try switching it this year and I’m so glad we did as I really love it in this space). Of course our tree always ends up being a bit of a mish mash of decorations we’ve picked up over the years and things which are sentimental to us, but this year I bought a few new baubles (from Wilko, Homebase and Independents) in silvers, golds and glass to keep the chic Skandi theme going. My personal favourites are the frosted white ice skates! And of course, with this being our first Christmas with E, we couldn’t resist adding a few more sentimental ones to mark that occasion too!
Silver paper – Boots | Woodland paper – Poundland | Ribbon, twine and tags – Tiger
I had originally planned to keep my wrapping very simple and use brown and white kraft paper with twine wrapped around (for the classic skandi touch) but when I saw this silver kraft paper, I went down a different route and I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out. It definitely adds to our – Arctic ski lodge – vibe and with the lights from the tree and the mantelpiece twinkling and the fluffy sheepskin blanket underneath, the whole room feels really cosy. Wrapping is one of my favourite tasks and I saved it all up for one evening once E was in bed, made myself a hot chocolate and a mince pie and set to work. Along with the silver paper, I also got this snowy woodland design, and used a mixture of twine, white ribbon, kraft tags, snippets from the back of the tree and left over mini baubles to make it look pretty.
So that’s my skandi style festive decor for this year, have you gone for a theme with your decorations this year?
Stay tuned to see my festive table setting tomorrow, and check out all of my Christmas posts here.