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Deck the Halls With...

Issue: Dec '12 TW11 & TW Mag

My husband is from Essex and I always thoroughly enjoy taking the annual drive through Dagenham to see the Christmas lights adorning the neighbourhood. Oxford Street can hardly compete! The number of variations of flashing Rudolph’s and sleighs and six foot inflatable Santas are incredible. Funny it is, but classy, not!

Most of us leave decorating our house for Christmas to the last minute. We scrabble about in the attic for that old box of Christmas decorations and then figure out what made it through the year and what didn’t. Alternatively you could plan a little to create a real statement.

When buying a tree the choice is either artificial or real. Artificial trees have come along way in recent years, once past the initial investment they do last forever. There are many types of real trees to choose from both live (potted with roots intact) or cut, with some varieties purporting to last throughout the whole period without dropping needles. In reality trees are not built to live in centrally heated spaces, so it is inevitable that while there may not be drop, there is likely to be droop. Ensuring the size is right for the space is important. Take a measurement before you buy.

What are the key elements that we need?
Something that’s visible outside – perhaps a wreath and possibly lights which are becoming more and more popular. A tree, with ornaments and lights and some mantle-piece or shelf pieces. The table decoration can be an area that you really express your Christmas style. After all you only get the opportunity just once a year. I would suggest you go one of two ways:

Striking red and gold with natural elements.
Zara Home has a lovely range to inspire your design including gold manzana apples and gold baubles. For the table their Luidvic or Kiruna table cloth set a look to recreate. Combine with gold place mats and a natural arrangement of sprayed gold twigs, holly and berries and gold cone candles. There are some lovely wreaths around, that can be used for the front door or as a table setting. Match with special seasonal napkins.

Or a white and silver minimal ice look.
John Lewis have some great modern ideas, like their glitter Christmas tree for a stunning sparkly natural look indoors and a paper jewel Christmas tree that can be used outdoors with a natural pine cone white wreath. Their star lights are fabulous for a real tree and their starburst lights give a little cluster of light that can be placed in rows on a mantelpiece or as a centre piece on the table. Mitzi B on High Street have some beautiful icy decorations that suit
this style, so do check your local shops.
Finally finish the table off with a nest of silver napkins and the winter tree range of table cloth and napkins for a stunning natural white look.

All your guests will be amazed at what a stunning and well thought out Christmas theme you have created.