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Wooden bauble Christmas wreath

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Modern and contemporary Christmas xmas wreath

Wooden wreath

It’s traditional to hang a wreath on your door, or in your home, at Christmas. If you fancy something a bit different from the usual greenery, then here’s a funky modern wooden wreath.

Created from birch plywood, the bauble design wreath is laser cut from the wood to produce a very effective and decorative design. The wreath comes with ribbon, so is ready to hang up immediately in your desired location.

The wooden bauble Christmas wreath costs £15 and can be purchased from Gilbert13′s store on Not On The High Street.

Lollipop Christmas tree or advent calendar

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Contemporary alternative Christmas tree table decoration

Lollipop tree

Wow, what a fantastic idea!

This festive lollipop tree makes a striking table decoration – not least as it’s one you can eat!

The tree would also make a great alternative to an advent calendar – you could count down the days to Christmas by having or sharing a daily lollipop! (Although perhaps your dentist may not agree….).

The Christmas tree stand is 20 inches tall and 15 inches wide when it’s empty and comes with 24 red and white swirl candy lollipops.

Each of the lollipops is sealed in cellophane to keep them fresh and finished with a coordinating gingham ribbon.

The Christmas lollipop tree costs £45 from Nelly’s.

Decorative Scandinavian surface wall panel

Friday, February 18th, 2011
Wall panel wall art sticker

Decorative wall panel

If you love adding new decorative features to your wall, but don’t want to use wallpaper, then here’s another novel way of adding a feature to the interior walls of your home.

The Magpie themed panel in the picture is an example of a Scandinavian surface panel, which is a form of high quality digital print. The panels are a good alternative to wallpaper and can be hung singly, or in a group.

In addition to birds, there are various other quirky contemporary designs available (there’s even one with poodles!), with each panel measuring 45cm by 270cm.

The panel comes complete with instructions and a hanging kit, so you can get it up on your wall easily.

The surface panels are designed and manufactured in Scandinavia, but British company, Frank and Fearless, are selling them in a range of designs for £79 each.

Brim full of Christmas ideas: blog round-up

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

It’s been a bit of a mad week, but we’re beginning to wind down for Christmas now. If you’re in the throes of getting ready for Christmas, whether decorating your home, wrapping presents or making and baking delicious food, then here are some great links and ideas from the blogosphere that we’ve rounded up to help inspire you!

Christmas Home Decorating

If you’ve had enough of shopping for Christmas decorations, then A Thrifty Mrs has a great post on making simple Christmas decorations with oranges.

For ideas on how to style your Christmas table or Christmas tree, these two videos from Pippa Jameson could help.

There are also more table ideas over at Freshome, where they’ve put together some creative centrepieces.

Find out how you can make a Christmas wreath, from this post on Parentdish.

Make It and Mend It have a great step-by-step guide to making curlicue salt dough decorations for your Christmas tree.

And for some super easy decorations, how about this cute snowman idea from Frangipani Decor.

Christmas Food & Drink

The wonderful Chocolate Orange has become a big of a Christmas staple, but if you fancy being creative with yours, then there’s a great recipe on Domestic Sluttery for chocolate orange cookies.

You’ll find lots of great food ideas on Rosa’s Yummy Yums Christmas food ideas post.

For Christmas party drinks, Apartment Therapy have some lovely cocktail ideas.

If you fancy doing something different with potatoes over the Christmas holidays, then Hygge Nook suggests herby parmentier potatoes.

Christmas Wrapping

If you’re looking for inspiration and help to get you through all your Christmas present wrapping (we need it!), then have a look at Wee Birdy, where you can download a whole load of free lovely red and blue Christmas gift tags.

There are more nice holiday tags to be found on Design Sponge and Patchwork Harmony has also written a blog post about Finishing Touches for present wrapping.

What have we missed? If you’re written a relevant Christmas post, or spotted something that we should have included, leave us a comment!

Top 10 silver and white Christmas tree decorations

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It may seem early to think about how you’ll be decorating your Christmas tree this year, but with products in the shops already, some of the good buys are beginning to sell out.

For those of you planning to decorate your tree in silver and white, or if you’re looking for a few decorations in these colour to add to your existing Christmas decoration collection, then here are 10 of the best new silver and white Christmas tree decorations available!

We’ve found special baubles, bargain sets of baubles,  decorations with a handmade look and contemporary pieces to add a modern feel to your seasonal decorations.

There’s something for everyone, so read on and see what takes your fancy!

1. Matt white pyramid bauble

Pyramid design modern christmas tree bauble from Heal's

This modern matt white pyramid bauble reminds me of the style of some of the contemporary pendant lights.

It’s a really effective piece and would look fantastic hung on a Christmas tree.

The white pyramid bauble is £10 from Heal’s.

2. Deer Christmas ball bauble

Contemporary cream deer bauble

Add a contemporary touch to your Christmas tree, with this deer design bauble.

The cream coloured earthenware Christmas tree ball bauble is decorated with a black silhouette of a deer on one side, with a small silhouette on the other side.

This unusual bauble is £11 from AIGA.

3. Starburst round bauble

Unusual designer Christmas tree bauble

This unusual round bauble is called Starburst for a good reason!

The silvery white special bauble would make a great addition to your tree and costs £5 from John Lewis.

4. Origami polar bear Christmas tree decoration

Unusual carved polar bear

This cute little polar bear isn’t made from paper, as the origami part of its name suggests. In fact, it’s carved to produce the origami look, which is very effective.

The white bear has a small hanger on the top of its back with ribbon strung through for hanging. It would be special piece to bring out for Christmas and treasure year after year.

The carved origami bear costs £12 from the V&A Shop.

5. Beaded snowflake hanging decoration

Contemporary christmas decoration

Even if we aren’t blessed with a white Christmas, this pretty beaded snowflake decoration can add a wintery touch to your Christmas tree.

The beaded snowflake hanging decoration is £5 from Graham and Green.

6.Round crackle glass bauble

Christmas tree decorations from Lombok

You can’t beat a good glass bauble and if it’s got a crackle effect, then it’s even better.

These clear glass round crackle baubles are available in a choice of two sizes. The small bauble is £2 and the large £3.50 and they’re sold by Lombok.

7. Felt feather tree decoration

Felt feather Christmas decoration

I’ll be honest, I thought this was a leaf when I first saw it, but leaf or feather, it’s a dainty piece to add to your Christmas tree.

Made from silvery white felt, the decoration has a lovely stitched effect running through it and, if you love the handmade look, this would be perfect.

The felt feather decoration is £4 from the V&A Shop.

8. Sparkly star tree decoration

Silver star Christmas decoration

Every Christmas tree needs a star and this one has just the right amount of sparkle.

The five pointed three dimensional star is sprinkled with glitter to make it sparkle under your Christmas tree lights.

The star decoration is £3.99 from The Contemporary Home.

9. Frosted silver hanging hearts

Vintage style Christmas tree decorations

This pair of frosted silver hanging heart decorations are made from glass and hang from a contrasting velvet ribbon.

They’re a bit vintagey in style, but would look lovely used alongside contemporary decorations for an eclectic mix.

The pair of frosted silver hanging hearts cost £10 from Cox and Cox.

10. John Lewis mini glass baubles

Bargain box of silver Christmas decorations

In addition to all the gorgeous, one-off special baubles, every tree needs a good set of baubles to use to fill in the gaps year after year.

This super set of 27 mini glass silver baubles from John Lewis is a great starter kit and perfect for smaller Christmas trees. The baubles come in three different finishes – glittery silver, matt silver and shiny silver.

Best of all, they’re a great buy at only £4 per box.

Update December 2012: Check out our new post featuring more gorgeous silver and white Christmas tree decorations.

Winter trees wall art sticker

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Fantastic home interior wall sticker featuring trees

Winter trees wall art

If you’ve got a plain wall in your home calling out for some decoration, then using a wall sticker is one of the easiest ways of jazzing it up and creating your own form of wall art.

This stunning winter trees wall sticker set brings an element of nature into the room and here the colours blend in perfectly with the colour of the sofa.

This sticker comes in 10 separate parts – six trees and four birds – so you can get creative and group them together, or use them on separate walls, as you choose.

The wall sticker set is sold by Zazous and is availble from their shop on Bouf.

1000 Home Ideas by Stafford Cliff, book review

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
1000-home-ideas

If you enjoy browsing through interior decorating and home magazines (and blogs!) and like discovering new ideas for things you could do in your own home, then you’ll love 1000 Home Ideas, by Stafford Cliff, with photographs by Christian Sarramon.

Stafford Cliff, a design consultant and art director, who produced the very first Habitat catalogues with Sir Terence Conran, has teamed up with French photographer Christian Sarramon to produce this fantastic book. It’s very much a coffee table book and is designed to be dipped into and browsed through when you’re in need of inspiration.

The book is divided into various sections, covering different design areas, but it’s by no means your usual, bog-standard categories. Instead, you’ll find descriptions such as openings and closings, interest under foot, shelf life, quiet corners, walls of wonder, reaching outwards and steps and banisters.

The large majority of the book is devoted to fantastic photography, of the type that will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ with excitement. There’s one page of text introducing each category, but it’s followed by numerous photos of stunning homes. Some are in the form of huge, double page spreads, others fill a page, plus there are lots of smaller images too.

Although you do get to see some images of entire rooms, it’s the smaller, more intimate details that this book does so well. In the Walls of Wonder section, for example, there are images illustrating a myriad of ways in which people adorn the walls of their homes, from intricate wall tiles and old fashioned kitchens, to contemporary art, photo montages and walls of wellies (yes, really!).

I also love the section on staircases and banisters – who knew there could be so many variations on the humble stairs – and the way the photos have been put together are works of art in themselves.

There’s so much to look at and enjoy in this book and you’re bound to be inspired by something. In fact, there’s far too much to absorb in just one reading and each time you pick it up again, there’s more new, exciting details to notice.

If you’re looking for a book to browse away the hours, or are seeking ideas for your own home, then 1000 Home Ideas by Stafford Cliff is the perfect book purchase. It’s published by Quadrille, is available in a choice of hardback or softback and can be found on Amazon (the best price on Amazon is for the hardback, currently £12.46 instead of £20 – bizarrely, the soft back version is marginally more, at £12.74).

Other Book Reviews

A Girl’s Guide to Decorating, by Abigail Ahern

Life is Sweet, by Hope and Greenwood

Easter blossom paper tree from John Lewis

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Unique paper tree

Unique paper tree

At Christmas, John Lewis sold an unusual tree made from paper, which proved to be exceedingly popular. Now they’ve recreated the tree in a different guise, making it ideal for spring and Easter home decoration.

I’ve never thought to have an Easter tree decoration before, but this provides an unusual way of doing so.

The delicate blossom tree measures 150cm in height and its branches can be kept as they are, or decorated with Easter themed decorations, such as knitted Fairisle hanging eggs, a porcelain daffodil shaped Easter egg or a decorative felt bird house. Children would love adding the decorations, or ones they’ve made themselves, and you could even pop your eggs under the tree at Easter.

If you want to inject a feel of spring into your home, then the Easter blossom paper tree could be the ideal focal point.

2012 update: Another variation on the Easter tree is now available, for all your Easter home decorations, plus there’s another tree option available from The Contemporary Home.

 
 
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