Posts Tagged ‘christmas decorating ideas’

Father Christmas has style too!

December 24, 2010

Sure he wears the same outfit every year; his belt doesn’t do his belly any favours; and some might say his beard needs a trim … but that doesn’t mean he won’t appreciate a touch of stylish festive charm. He has just stuffed himself down a chimney for goodness sake.

Leave him an extra special treat this Christmas. I love this idea from Livingetc – it’s so easy that you could even do it amid all that last-minute wrapping panic!

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Plus, if you’ve got time to spare on Christmas Eve, Martha Stewart has some ideas that are sure to get you to the top of Santa’s list, including fab holiday cookies for him to enjoy.

Let’s hope the renegade Christmas elf doesn’t get to them first ……

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Last-minute Christmas hallway ideas

December 23, 2010

Christmas dinner’s in the oven, guest bedrooms are set up, party games are organised, what can you do in an hour? (Besides making yourself look nice, which, I have discovered, is fairly pointless when you spend the next 2 hours in front of an oven!) How about an extra pizazz to your hallway? These ideas couldn’t be easier!

Star of wonder

Hang jewel-coloured mega stars from your banister to create a knock-out hallway!

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Make a statement in your Christmas hallway

All is calm, all is bright

Drape your hallway with icycle-like fairy lights for the ultimate winter-wonderland entrance.

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Create a magical winter wonderland entrance in your Christmas hallway with fairy lights

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3 country Christmas dining table looks

December 23, 2010

Make Christmas lunch extra special with these stunning ideas for festive dining tables. Those country decorating gurus at Country Home & Interiors have picked their best-dressed tables to suit your style.

Elegant country Christmas dining table

Use contemporary toile fabrics on Gustavian chairs and a tablecloth in matching fabric to create a co-ordinated look. Add a fun touch with strings of fairy lights.

Christmas dining tables - fairy lights | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

Be inspired by Swedish country style for a formal Christmas dining room

Easy-going country Christmas dining table

Dress a farmhouse table with French vintage linen runners laid across rather than down the table. Choose wooden placemats to complement plain crockery and simple candlelight.

Christmas dining tables - rustic | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

Make guests feel instantly at home with a relaxed rustic farmhouse look this Christmas

Romantic country Christmas dining table

Create a lavish look on your Christmas table with an embroidered runner, crystal candlesticks, golden dining plates, gilded glasses and opulent table decorations displayed on a cakestand.

Christmas dining tables - formal | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

For a magical, intimate Christmas meal, bring together sparkling fairytale details

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Budget-busting Christmas dining room update

December 22, 2010

No time? No money? No problem! Ideal Home‘s cash clever decorator has some great tips for updating your dining room for Christmas if all that money has gone on your kids’ gift list! I love this modern take on Scandi-chic, and I love even more, that it won’t break the bank!

Here are some cost-friendly tips:

1) Instead of a runner, use long lengths of ribbon to give a white tablecloth a festive touch

2) Paint a picture frame (without the glass) and stick a silhouette decoration to it.

3) Transform dining chairs with personalised chunky metal letters tied with red ribbon. These designs only cost a tenner from Emily Readett-Bayley!

Budget Christmas dining room update | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Transform your dining room into a Christmas haven without breaking the bank

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Festive Fetish: Foliage and Frost

December 22, 2010

Now that’s a lot of F words for one morning!! I really enjoy this idea for festive feasting though (sorry, it’s addictive!) it’s simply stylish, it’s sophisticated and it’s easy to put together if you’re running low on time.

For a chic country Christmas dining room like this one, white-painted furniture and a nature-inspired subtle wallpaper is ideal, but don’t worry if not – just pack your dining room full of realistic-looking greenery, frosted pine cones and wicker pieces!

Keep tableware simple, but pile on the sparkle with a mix of silver and white Christmas decorations in a range of textures and finishes.

Foliage and frost | Christmas dining room | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Give your dining room an enchanting country feel this Christmas

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Festive Fetish: blue and silver Christmas

December 21, 2010

Blue is a great accent colour for Christmas if you’re going for a show-stopping modern look. I love these Christmas decorating schemes from Livingetc – they’re packed with ways to introduce blue into your scheme without making it seem cold and uninviting.

Save space on your Christmas dining table by hanging your centrepiece above it instead. Strung with baubles and lights, this is a sleek modern alternative to candles and holly.

Blue and silver | Christmas dining room | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Create an elegant, modern bauble display above your Christmas dining table

Unite rustic wood, aged metal and glitter for a cool update on the traditional festive star constellation.

Blue and silver | Christmas living room | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Modern Scandi-chic Christmas living room with blue accents

Deck the halls with floor-to-ceiling glitzy sparkle and boughs of holly for a bit of tradition.

Blue and silver | Christmas hallway | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Christmas party ideas for the hallway!

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Christmas past… doily dining room

December 21, 2010

I love this quirky dining room idea… not sure I’d do it myself… but it’s certainly memorable. The ghost of Christmas past meets the ghost of Christmas future as the classic Victorian-style doily meets modern red furniture and accessories.

To get the look, stitch doilies together in a delicate tablecloth, or use frills on fairy lights for a dramy, dinner-time garland.

Doily dining room | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Update your Christmas dining room with doilies!

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Ho… Ho… Ho… memade Christmas (sorry!)

December 20, 2010

Have yourself a homespun little Christmas with Country Homes & Interiors. Another year, another batch of beautiful Christmas decorating ideas from those country-style gurus, and these schemes are no exception. Can I…? fall in…? …love with a room?

Cover a big-and-bold Christmas tree with fabric doves, hearts and stars finished in fabric stitching. Add rustic charm with handmade cushions to match.

Homemade Christmas | Christmas living room | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

Country Christmas craft ideas for a happy holiday

Hang a natural garland trimmed with mini stockings above a guest bed and top with a fun wood-cut reindeer. Layer the bed with cherry red woollens!

Homemade Christmas | Christmas bedroom | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

Give your Christmas bedroom a touch of homespun style

Lampshades covered in a hand silk screened wallpaper make a stunning focal point above the Christmas table.

Homemade Christmas | Christmas dining room | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

Enjoy Christmas lunch the country craft way

Don’t limit a Christmas wreath to the outside of the house – they look so pretty on internal doors, too!

Homemade Christmas | Christmas hallways | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

How to create a cosy Christmas look in the hallway

Make berry-red felt curtains with folk art white felt hearts hand cut using a homemade stencil.

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Create a magical festive seating area in the hallway with Christmas

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Festive Fetish: Winter Wonderland

December 20, 2010

Bring the beauty of a wintry landscape (ignore the muddy slush) into your home this Christmas with these beautiful seasonal style ideas from Ideal Home.

Here’s how to get this Christmas living room look:

1) Keep the backdrop plain, here they’ve used a subtle twig-pattern wallpaper in two tonal colourways.

2) Add texture with chunky knitted throws and cushions.

3) Complete with woodland-inspired or folksy accessories, such as birdhouses, log candleholders and pine cone decorations.

Winter Wonderland Christmas | Christmas living room | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Create a winter wonderland with woodland-inspired Christmas decorations

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

December 20, 2010

I must emphasise I’m talking about these cute snow-inspired Christmas decorating schemes, not the actual ‘it was fun at first’ snow that seems to prevent anyone getting anywhere without at least flailing on ice embarrassingly… and unattractively!

Narnia gets a modern update!

Snow | Christmas living room | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Decorate your Christmas living room in Narnia-esque snow!

Group Mexican votives and Christmas trimmings in bauble shapes using White Tack to create a blend of modern folk and 2010 favourite – multifaceted metallics!

Snow | Christmas hallway | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Modern metallics give this Christmas hallway a calming twist

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