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Purple plum Christmas tree and decorations from Next

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Modern and contemporary plum purple xmas tree decorations

Purple Christmas tree

For a vibrant Christmas tree and festive decorating scheme for a contemporary home, how about opting for a rich plum?

This striking purple Christmas tree and coordinating decorations are all from Next and are a great starting point for a plum theme.

The six foot artificial Christmas tree is two tone and comes with a metal stand. It’s £60.

Many of the decorations are affordable, so won’t break the bank. For example, a set of 50 assorted shatterproof tree baubles in shades of lilac and purple costs £10.

The mini glitter trees, seen on the mantlepiece, come as a set of five and double up as name place card holders that you can use on a dining table. They’re only £6 for a set of five.

Various other purple themed decorations are available too, including the plum flock stags (£12 for 2).

Update Nov 2012: For more gorgeous purple Christmas ideas, check out our new post on the best purple contemporary Christmas trees.

Nordic Design Forum birch plywood Christmas tree

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Designer Anne Paso Scandinavian birch wood tree

Birch wood tree

We realise it’s way too early to mention the ‘C’ word, but couldn’t resist a quick preview of these fabulous birch plywood Christmas trees from Nordic Design Forum.

Spotted at Top Drawer 2011, the trees are designed by Anne Paso and handmade in Scandinavia from birch plywood. The trees are available in several sizes and come flat packed – instructions are included to help you put the tree together. You can then pack them away neatly once the festive season is over.

It’s a nice alternative to a traditional Christmas tree and can be decorated as you wish.

The big birch plywood tree costs £395, the medium wooden tree is £115 and the small birch tree is £55.

The same concept is available in a slightly different, more rounded, tree too, which is equally nice and could during other times of the year.

Three funky Urban Outfitters shower curtains

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

There’s nothing worse than a tired, old and manky shower curtain, so if yours is looking past its best, why not update it with a new one?

There are lots of funky shower curtains available, but here are three on offer from Urban Outfitters.

Black and white contemporary shower curtain

Zebra shower curtain

Pure and simple in black and white, the Zebra shower curtain is available exclusively online and costs £35.

Bright and contemporary bathroom shower curtain

Colourful shower curtain

This Bright Nature shower curtain has a lot going on within the design and is bursting with colour. It’s £35.

Modern bathroom shower curtain ideas

Tree shower curtain

Bring elements of nature into your bathroom, with this bare tree design shower curtain. It costs £25.

Wooden tree coaster set from Leaf

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Quirky tree coaster set

Cute tree coasters

Aren’t these coasters a great idea? Shaped like trees, they come in a little wooden block where they stand up in a very tree-like way, when not in use.

The coasters are made in France from wood (totally apt) and are a good mix of both a practical and decorative item.

The set of four wooden tree coasters costs £19 from Leaf.

8 of the best red Christmas tree decorations

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

We’ve already looked at the top 10 silver and white Christmas tree decorations, so now it’s time to turn our attentions to the colour red.

Red is a very traditional Christmas colour, but there are plenty of modern and contemporary red Christmas tree deocrations out there for those who prefer to add a modern twist to their seasonal home decorating.

If you’re decorating your home with a red colour scheme this year, or simply want to add one or two additional red decorations to mix with other colours in your Christmas decoration collection, then here are 8 of the best red Christmas tree decorations.

1.Bombki Little Cooper Christmas tree decoration

Bombki designer Christmas decorations

Little Cooper tree decoration

We featured the Little London Christmas baubles by Bombki last year and they’re quirky and unusual. The Little Cooper bauble is handmade from blown glass and decorated with a Union Jack on its roof, to give it a patriotic feel.

The Bombki Little Cooper Christmas bauble comes in a wooden presentation box and costs £15 from Heal’s.

2. Red and white polka dot bauble

Heal's christmas tree decorations

Poka dot bauble

This shiny red Christmas tree bauble is decorated with glittery white polka dots, in Nordic style.

The polka dot bauble is £5 from Heal’s.

3. Red flock stripe bauble

Contemporary home christmas decorations

Flocked bauble

The flock stripe design of this red bauble works really well, especially as the gold stripes and partially flocked design help break the design up, so it’s not all the same intense red colour.

The stripe flock bauble is available in a choice of two sizes – 6cm diameter and 8cm – and costs £2 and £3 each from John Lewis.

4. Red glass hanging bird Christmas tree decoration

Bird trend home decorating


For those that love birds (and we know only too well how popular the bird trend has been in home decorating), this red glass bird is ready to hang on your Christmas tree.

Part of the Rouge range at M&S, the bird has a mirror finish; it’s also part of their 3 for 2 offer, so you could save money when you buy Christmas decorations.

The glass bird tree decoration costs £5 from Marks and Spencer.

5. John Lewis pack of 50 red tree decorations

John Lewis christmas tree decorations

Bumper pack of decorations

If you want to change your usual Christmas tree decorations, introduce a new decorating colour scheme this year or add to an existing collection, then this bumper pack of 50 red Christmas tree decorations is a good buy.

All the pieces coordinate and you get a good mix of shiny and matt red, star shaped decorations, round baubles and long red drops.

The set of 50 red tree decorations is £10 from John Lewis.

6. Gisela Graham glitter shoe hanging decoration

Contemporary Wizard of Oz red glitter shoes decorations

Red shoes

Reminscent of Dorothy’s red shoes in the Wizard of Oz, this glittery red shoe decoration is by Gisela Graham.

Available in a choice of red or white, the glitter shoe hanging decoration is £2.50 from Heal’s.

7. Set of three red hand carved soapstone decorations

Soapstone christmas tree decorations

Soapstone decorations

These three red decorations, that come in a mixed set of a heart, star and Christmas tree design, or three of the same design, are admittedly not cheap. But they are rather nice and a bit unusual to hang on your tree.

Made from soapstone and painted with a block red colour, the decorations are finished off with hand carved snowflake motifs.

The set of three soap stone decorations cost £23 and are available from Fab and Funky.

8. Iconic chair Christmas tree decorations

Modern chair design decorations

Chair decorations, anyone?

For lovers of modern furniture and iconic chair designs, then you can now hang a mini version of your favourite designer chair on your Christmas tree. Available in a choice of two designs – the office chair on the left (complete with cushion) is reminscent of the famous egg chair and the chair on the right resembles the ball chair.

The iconic chair tree decorations are £7.99 each from The Contemporary Home.

Natural driftwood Christmas tree by Karen Miller

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Eco friendly drift wood designer tree

Driftwood Christmas tree

We featured Karen Miller’s natural driftwood Christmas trees last year (and were then pleased to see one in action in someone’s home), but couldn’t resist mentioning them again.

It’s the perfect tree to have for anyone who’s eco conscious, wants something a bit different and is keen to use the same tree year after year.

The tree is made from naturally sourced driftwood and is designed by Karen Miller, who runs Devon Driftwood Designs.

The driftwood Christmas tree continues to be a popular choice and is already sold out in several sizes, but a small 2ft and more amply sized 5ft and 6ft versions of the tree are still available to order. Prices start at £59 for the 2ft driftwood tree.

Prelit snowy paper Christmas tree from John Lewis

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Bestselling snowy paper Christmas tree from John LewisBestselling snowy paper contemporary tree

Last year, the snowy paper Christmas tree from John Lewis caused a bit of a storm of excitement. It sold out very quickly online and in store and you had to be quick if you wanted one in your home for Christmas.

The contemporary styled tree offers a more natural and simplistic alternative to the traditional style of Christmas tree, but still has plenty of room to hang decorations on its branches.  The tree comes pre-lit, so it saves you the hassle of having to string it with lights and it’s ready to be decorated.

The good news is that the prelit snowy paper Christmas tree is back in stock at John Lewis this year. The four foot version costs £45 and a larger 6ft 6in version is £75 (stock for the latter is due in four weeks).

Nov 2011 update – Various snowy paper trees, including some pre-lit options, are back in stock at John Lewis!

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.

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.

Two gold reindeer tree decorations

Monday, December 14th, 2009
Leaping reindeer

Leaping reindeer

Nice Christmas tree decorations don’t have to cost a fortune. This gold leaping reindeer decoration - which is one of a set of two – was originally £2.50 from Cargo, but has been reduced down to only £2.

Even if it’s the only new decorations you buy this year, one pound per piece isn’t going to break the bank.

Red reindeers are also available.

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