Posts Tagged ‘christmas 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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roomenvy - santa, baby ...

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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Can I come in? Farmhouse Christmas home

December 21, 2010

Remember how warm this cute and cosy country farmhouse looks when you’re waiting for the bus in the freezing cold and when you’re slowly – but noticeably – sliding down the hill on the ice!

I’m sure they won’t mind if you take a sneaky look around their Christmas home…

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Steal the style of a warm and welcoming country Christmas living room

 

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Add festive sparkle to country wooden beams with fairy lights

Country Christmas home | Christmas kitchen | Country Homes & Interiors | Roomenvy

Add atmospheric glow by the aga with colourful hanging lanterns

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Even the country bathroom gets a Christmas update with a white dove garland

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Create a winter wonderland with woodland-inspired Christmas decorations

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Can I come in? Modern country Christmas home

December 20, 2010

Happy Christmas week everyone! I’m going to devote the next couple of days (oh let’s face it, the next FIVE DAYS) to squeezing in as many inspiring Christmas ideas as humanly possible. I’ve seen so many beautiful ideas in the magazines this month and it seems a shame not to share them – especially if you, like me, have been too busy rushing around the shops to calmly browse through the latest issues.

Take a tour around Livingetc‘s Christmas house of the month, a chic farmhouse with a modern twist – it’s stunning!

Traditional furniture pieces get a modern update with vibrant red accents and oversized decorations.

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Find modern country Christmas living room decorating inspiration

Cosy and atmospheric, this dining room is the perfect place for a Christmas feast.

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Update a traditional dining room with eye-catching Christmas decorations

This bedroom is gorgeous all year round – I love how the stocking matches the rest of the scheme!

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Add shimmer and sparkle to your bedroom this Christmas

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Last-minute Christmas gift and decorating ideas

December 16, 2010

Anyone else panicking about getting Christmas gifts last minute, or perfecting their Christmas decorating looks in time for their annual ‘Mother Inspection’? FEAR NOT! Housetohome is hosting a Last-minute Christmas gift and decorating ideas webchat tomorrow, Friday 17th December at 1pm.

Homeshoppingspy style guru (and Ideal Home’s Deputy Editor, I might add) Ellie Tennant will be on hand to answer all our niggling (and possibly panicked) questions on everything from finding the perfect last-minute Christmas gift for Dad, to how to deal with unexpected guests!

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Your last minute Christmas gift, party and decorating questions, solved!

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Easy Christmas updates for every style

December 16, 2010

Don’t worry if you haven’t finished decorating your home for Christmas, you’ve still got that all important ‘last weekend before Christmas’ to get everything done. (Failing that, you could always just decorate the hallway and usher guests to a nearby grotto as soon as they come round!)

Anyway, here are some quick and easy Christmas ideas for modern, country and traditional decorators – you can squeeze into an afternoon… even after the last round of Christmas shopping.

Modern Christmas – see more ideas…

Not sure if my still-muddy festival wellies would have the same effect…

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No time to make a Christmas stocking? No problem!

Country Christmas – see more ideas…

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Give your living room a rustic, cosy Christmas feel

Traditional Christmas – see more ideas…

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Introduce subtle festive touches to your hallway for traditional elegance

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Christmas trees – the good, the bad, the UGLY!

December 7, 2010

Anyone walking past my desk this afternoon would have thought I was having a webchat with a clown and a murderer at the same time! You see, I’ve been searching the web for Christmas tree decorating ideas, and while some of them filled me with festive joy, other so-called ‘best designs’ were enough to make a grown woman/decorating addict weep!

The good Christmas tree

Although I’d like a fuller tree (this one looks like it’s going to get frost-bite!), I adore the cute vintage decorations and homespun style. You can pick up everything for this look at John Lewis.

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roomenvy - nostalgic Christmas tree

The bad Christmas tree

Although I’m a fan of all things ‘weird and wonderful’ I’m just not convinced by this alternative Christmas tree. I’m with Casa Sugar on this one, it’s just not … well … Christmassy?

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roomenvy - alternative Christmas tree

The ugly Christmas tree

Oh my! This is what happens when bad Christmas decorations happen to good trees. I’m sure it works for some people, but do those people have a Lion, a Witch and also a Wardrobe??

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roomenvy - scary Christmas tree

p.s Is that actually a STONE HEAD in the middle of this tree? (or am I seeing a ghost?)

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High-impact, low-effort Christmas ideas

November 30, 2010

I’m just about to move house and while I’m HORRIFIED by how much stuff I’ve managed to collect over the years (and that’s minus a good 20 bags and boxes given to charity!) I’m soooo excited about the prospect of unpacking and decorating my new home for Christmas simulataneously!

Anyone else planning to move over Christmas? Here are some high-impact, low-effort ideas to get your new home into the Christmas spirit.

1) Firstly, I simply HAVE to plug the new Winter Spice disinfectant by Zoflora, never before has cleaning seemed so festive! I’m planning to use it in my new home to get festive… and also because I’ve heard that a couple of rugby boys used to live there!!

2) Add instant sparkle to your new home with fairy lights. There’s no easier and cheaper way to add a warming glisten to dark evenings.

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Add Christmas lights to your living room for an easy way to get into the festive spirit

3) Planning on a little housewarming? Wow your guests with a personalised advent calender, or mugs tied to the banister, filled with sweeties.

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Love Christmas crafts? Create a personalised advent calender your guests will love

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Line your Christmas hallway with sweets and chocolate for your guests

4) For an easy way to liven up your festive dining area, hang glistening star decorations to the back of your chairs.

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Adorn your Christmas dining room with sparkly decorations

5) Faced with bare walls? Display your Christmas cards proudly on a noticeboard covered in colourful paper.

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Show off your popularity... I mean Christmas cards

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Christmas decorating looks: House of Fraser

October 22, 2010

One Christmas decorating look that really stood out for me this year was House of Fraser‘s ‘Burlesque’ range, and it involves everything you would expect… gothic glamour, show-stopping gold sparkle, sexy pinks and purples and flirty finishing touches!

It makes me blush just looking at it!

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Add show-stopping style to your Christmas tree with hot pink and purple decorations

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Brighten up your hallway this Christmas with these stunning gothic glam decorations

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