I always make a Xmas wreath every year for my front door, but I'm totally self-taught. I just go with an idea in my head and run with it, which is great, but sometimes it is nice to get an insight into just how the professionals do it. When a really great florist makes a wreath, there is often something unexpected in the mix, and you know it will last right through over Xmas without wilting or drying out!
Well hello and welcome to this years 'My Home At Xmas!' I can't quite believe it but this year is actually the first Christmas since my living room has been painted blue. The Xmas scheme for 2017 therefore had to match the new walls, so I am delighted to have partnered up with Balsam Hill this year as part of their 'Trees & Baubles' blog hop.
In recent years there has been a real focus on the kitsch of Christmas: Flamingo and Pineapple baubles, the 'return' of tinsel as an acceptable Christmas decoration, and let's not even get started on the abundance of drinks trolleys. Yet decorating your home at Christmas need not all be about trend-led decor. Instead, I've picked out my favourite Christmas decor and homeware items which fall under my category of 'Classy Christmas'. These pieces may not be the cheapest, but they are beautiful, investment pieces that will stand the test of time and you'll lovingly get them out each winter for years to come. They also make the absolute BEST presents for interior and design lovers at Christmas.
Apologies for those of you who find it a bit early in November to start talking about Christmas, yet for those who like to plan ahead, it's time to focus on the best Xmas tree decorations that are available to buy on the high street!
I was recently asked by the lovely ladies at MK Design and Occipinti if I wanted to attend their Christmas Table Setting Workshop held at the Republic of Fritz Hansen. The answer was of course a resounding 'hell yes!' The chance to get all Christmassy and crafty, drinking mulled wine and creating a floral table centrepiece with boutique florists Agent F was something that sounded VERY appealing (booze and floral displays - two of my favourite things!)
It was an absolute honour to recently be asked to write a guest post for the lovely ladies at Mia Fleur. If you have not heard of Mia Fleur, they are an incredible family run business who sell the most beautiful and interesting homeware products! Chances are if you've seen something totally original and quirky for the home, it's come from Mia Fleur.
Welcome to my house at Christmas! If you are joining me as part of the UK Blog Hop from We Love Home, an extra thank you for joining me here! I'm so chuffed to be part of the first ever UK Home Blog Hop, courtesy of the lovely Kimberly of the ultra-fabulous Swoonworthy. In my Hop you'll find some crafty Christmas DIY's and tips on having a handmade Xmas. So come on in, help yourself to a mince pie and let me show you around.....
Gold leaf pears are not a Xmas craft that I can take credit for. In fact, I first learnt this simple Xmas DIY about 10 years ago on 'Kirstie's Handmade Xmas' TV show (you know the one where Kirstie Allsopp tries her hand at traditional Xmas crafts each year on Channel 4. I bloody love it!) I first did gold-leaf place name pears for a Xmas dinner party I was hosting back then, when the show was first aired. They were a huge success, so I thought I'd revisit them for 2016 and document them on the blog.
I'm working with Swiftcover again this week as part of their #swifthomehacks campaign, to show you a cheap and super easy DIY to make your own Xmas baubles! Last Christmas I noticed that there was a real trend in the more upmarket department stores for tree decorations that were miniature glass bottles featuring glamorous feathers inside. The stores were selling these decorations for about £4 - £7 each. After having an early October nose through the Christmas departments this year (yes I know, I'm keen to get a head start!) I saw that these types of decorations are again popular for 2016.
Call me a bit bah humbug, but when I was told about a handmade London Xmas Market, I instantly thought of watered-down mulled wine and vastly overpriced decorated gingerbread biscuits. Yet further investigation into the E20 Christmas Makers Market revealed it to be completely homemade-Hackney-Hipster, rather than the usual tourist trapping Xmas markets you'll find in Hyde Park or the Southbank. Espresso martinis in plastic champagne saucers were the drink of choice from the chic Christmas cocktail cabin, while you could peruse the artisan stalls for a variety of one-of-a-kind homeware that would make excellent Xmas gifts (to yourself, obvs).
I'm delighted to be part of the #swifthomehacks campaign this year! When Swiftcover asked me to share a couple of simple Xmas DIY'S, I knew I had to share how to make a traditional Chirtmas door wreath. The Christmas wreath, like the tree, for me is a classic, integral part of xmas décor. I take huge pride in my Christmas wreath, as everyone sees it as they pass your home. It's also the first thing guests see when they arrive for celebrations! The thing is, a pretty Xmas wreath can often cost more than buying the Xmas tree! Go to a florist and you'll be looking at £100+ for anything detailed. Even local flower markets charge a good £30-£40 for a basic 'real' wreath base with no frills. Yet with a bit of prep, a bit of foraging and a glue gun, you can create a really professional-looking, real Xmas wreath for less than £20.
Whoop! Here it is - first Christmas post! Expect many more over the next few weeks - I've got posts on making door wreaths to tree decorations alongside DIY table setting ideas. First up are my top 5 crafty ideas for making your Christmas gifts look A+. They are also super easy and cheap to do. Wrap your presents early and put them under the tree to enjoy in your home until you have to give them away!