If you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is on its way! And to celebrate the season in style, we’re pleased to be taking part in the #UKHomeBlogHop.
It’s been organised by the fabulous Kimberly at Swoon Worthy – ‘the home of eclectic boho glam’ – and has been running all this week, with over 20 bloggers sharing their Christmas homes and decorating ideas each day at 11am. Last up yesterday was Melanie Lissak Interiors, who shared a lovely idea for making a fireplace garland. If you’re visiting Fresh Design Blog from there, hello and welcome!
With our Christmas decorations this year, we’re trying to go a bit more minimal and opt for a ‘less is more’ approach. Nothing too cluttered or busy, but still just as sparkly and attractive as Christmas home decorating should be. Our ideas incorporate plenty of mixed metallic textures – silver, gold and copper – as well as white, and ideas that are affordable and easy to achieve.
So, lets get going!
We featured the glass Christmas tree jar from Cox & Cox a few weeks back, but since then have re-styled it like this. As much as we liked it before, in reality it used up too many baubles and they were needed elsewhere! This new version does still involve some mini silver, gold and copper baubles, but with the addition of a gold Christmas tree candle, it didn’t need more. There are silver snowflakes in the base of the jar, plus a string of battery operated lights, and we love the effect of a gold tree inside a glass tree.
The fireplace is a great spot for adding Christmas decorations, so here’s an idea for a silver theme. The hammered silver stars, silver Christmas tree and jingle bell star are all from TK Maxx, where you can pick up some very affordable, but effective, Christmas decorations.
The gem style fairy lights help light it up with a glow at night, whilst the resin antlers (from Cox & Cox last year) add an extra dimension of texture.
The main Christmas tree is yet to go up, but this little beauty is already in pride of place. We love these minimal pre-lit birch twig style trees and the frosted effect on the branches goes well with the decorations. You can easily add small decorations to the tree, or just keep the branches bare.
These jingle bell star decorations are great. They’re very affordable at only £4.99 each from T K Maxx and can be used in so many different ways – hanging on the wall, hanging in a window, propped by the fireside or hanging on a door as an alternative to a traditional Christmas wreath.
When it comes to table decorations, it’s nice to have a centrepiece. This star on star effect is easy to achieve, but effective – just use a white star dish (ours was from Poundland, but we’ve seen similar ones for £5 at M&S) with a metallic star decoration on top.
Another easy idea to pep up a table is to add a candle. This chunky silver Alpine Reserve candle from TK Maxx (£7.99) is scented with the delicate aroma of pine and vanilla. Stand it inside a frosted wreath, and it instantly looks better.
Or use a gold reindeer design candle holder, like this one. Lots of shops on the high street have similar designs this year, and in various sizes and metallic finishes.
In the hall, we’ve hung these three large snowy phrase baubles so that they’re falling in graduated lengths and strung them from the banister. If you like the design, but fancy a smaller size, we spotted the same design on some baubles in the homeware section of M&Co.
Elsewhere, we’ve teamed a geometric penguin decoration with some cute polar bears. The polar bears were from Cox & Cox last year (they have more bears available this year, but in a slightly different design) and are super glittery (as is everything else they’ve come into contact with, including the cat!).
This elegant white ornament under a glass bell jar reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.
And we’re ready to celebrate with cocktails, served on a sparkly silver tray. The silver and copper cocktail shaker was a bargain at only £5.99 from Homesense and the tray was £12.99.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into our Christmas decorating scheme this year and gained some ideas for your own home. Christmas is a great time to decorate your home, but with careful shopping, it needn’t be expensive to create decorations that will impress your guests. Once you’ve bought some nice home pieces, they’ll last for years to come and you can add in little extras as you wish each year.
For more inspiring Christmas home ideas, hop on over to the Ana Mum Blog, where Amanda Cottingham is waiting to share her post with you. You can also check out all of the fab posts in the #UKHomeBlogHop by clicking on the links below: