This Year’s Christmas Decorating Trend Takes Inspiration From Mary Poppins

With Mary Poppins Returns about to hit our screens, we've taken everyone's favourite Nanny as inspiration for our festive decorating scheme. Red velvet, stripes, parrots and oodles of baubles are all you need to create a festive home that’s practically perfect in every way…

Extraordinary things can happen to a household…

Washi tapes in Lip Stick 01, Lip Stick 03 and Royal Pearl 01, around the columns, all £11 for a 10m roll, Haru stuck-on design at Nitto. Limited-edition Chateaux Christmas wreaths, £210 each; and ribbons, on the hats, from a selection, all VV Rouleaux. Osby star window lights, on the walls, from £9.99 each; and Frosted Mountain spruce pre-lit Christmas tree, £329.99, all Lights4fun. Geometric penguins, £1,195 each, Andrew Martin. On the penguins: Berkhampstead school boater hats, £28 each, John Lewis; Bert hair bows, £5 each, Little Bow London at Etsy; and tinsel, £3 each, Amazon. FiFi umbrella parasols, £27.95 each, Umbrella Heaven. Paper decorations, from £9 each, RE.


Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ’bout to begin…

FURNITURE Roselle sideboard, £1,200, Graham and Green. DETAILS Artworks, from left: Self Portrait in a Straw Hat by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun; Portrait of Richard Milles by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni; and Mrs Siddons by Thomas Gainsborough, all from £20 each, The National Gallery. Luxury garland, £68.75 for a 2.7m roll, The English Garland Company. Glitter leaf garland, £24.95, VV Rouleaux. On the stairs, from top left: Studio king penguin, £275, Steiff; wings, £180, Rockett St George; and paper globe decoration, from £3.75; and paper decorations, as before. On the sideboard, from left: Nutcracker Lewis bear, £28, John Lewis; Nutcracker music stand, £75, Selfridges; Dorset Post light, £738, Vaughan Designs; cards, from a selection, Aram Store; tree decorations, £30 for three, Rockett St George; and red and gold foil decoration, £18, Harrods. Memorabilia coat stand, £336, Calligaris. Sequin stocking, £5, George Home. Carpet bag, £249, London Jacks at Etsy. Pencil umbrella with parrot handle, in the bag, £95, James Smith & Sons Umbrellas. FiFi umbrella parasols, as before.


Let’s go fly a kite.

WALLS For details, see opposite. Furniture Hazel chest, £859, Graham and Green. Riverlyn dining chair in Blue Velvet, £475, Out There Interiors. DETAILS Vintage over dyed fuchsia 2889 hand-knotted wool rug, £1,600, Floor_Story. Wrapping paper, on kites: Believe, £1.50 a sheet, Polar Post; Emperor Penguin luxury, £3.20 a sheet, Bird Brain London; Luxury tree, £3 a sheet, Plewsy; and personalised London, £6.50 a sheet, Abigail Warner, all at Notonthehighstreet.com; Candy Stripe, £1 a roll, Sainsbury’s; Fancy letters incised; and New Pavement, above the chest, both £3.50 a sheet, Pentreath & Hall; London Snow, £9.95 for five sheets, Nancy & Betty Studio; Floral, £2.50 a sheet, Aria Shop; and Thistle, on the chair, £3, Marks & Spencer. Ribbons, from a selection, VV Rouleaux. Pateela jug, on the chest, £45, Habitat.


In every job that must be done there is an element of fun…

WALLS Painted in Viridian Tide flat matt emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux. FURNITURE TV & Sound sideboard in China Red, £1,657, Peter J Lassen for Montana Møbler at Aram. Ashbee mirrored coffee table, £380, Graham and Green. Pinter armchair in Voluptuous Velvet Slate, £965, Barker and Stonehouse. Rander ceramic stool, £150, Oka. DETAILS Liberty rug, £975sq m, Loomah. Forenza cotton-velvet mix in Lacquer Red 7558/02, over the doorway, £62.50m, Romo. Frosted Mountain spruce pre-lit Christmas tree, as before. Baubles, from £6 for six, Debenhams. Velvet Santa sacks, £45 each, Kip&Co at Antipodream. Striped sacks, £30 each, Luna & Curious. On the sideboard, from left: Ero velvet tassel table lamp, £65, Oliver Bonas; Nutcracker soldier, £10, Dunelm; and Azzura centrepiece bowl, £3,350, William Yeoward Crystal. On the coffee table: Christmas trees in tropical colours, £14 for eight, Rocket and Fox at Notonthehighstreet.com; and Lattjo tambourines, £10 for two, Ikea. Leandra velvet trunk, £195 for three, Out There Interiors. Striped cushion, on the armchair, £70, Bungalow at Liberty London. Player Precision bass guitar in Sonic Red, £659, Fender. London by LMS by Norman Wilkinson birch ply artwork, £595, Surface View.


Never judge things by their appearance, even carpetbags.

DETAILS Antique 19th-century birdcage, £375, Lorfords. Christmas Robin clip-on decorations, £10 for six, Pipii. In the birdcage, clockwise from top left: Red bejewelled drop bauble, £3.95, VV Rouleaux; Gold fabric and jewel St Paul’s Cathedral decoration, £12, Gisela Graham; Parrot caipirinha muddler, stylist’s own; Emerald green jewel bauble hanging decoration, £22, Rockett St George; and Union Jack bauble, £12, Selfridges. Vernon travel bag in Soft Red, £410, Roger Oates Design.


Our daughters’ daughters will adore us… Well done, sister suffragette…

FURNITURE Costellini velvet ottoman, £195, Oka. DETAILS Lustre rug in Berry, £650, John Lewis. Noel Christmas neon light, £59.99, Lights4fun. On the mannequin: Parrot, £39.95; and multicoloured embroidered chenille braid, used as a belt, £24.95m, both VV Rouleaux; jacquard asymmetric jacket, £699, Emporio Armani at Harrods; Votes for Women sash, £2.95, Fancy Pants Party Store at eBay; and bespoke foliage tree skirt, price on request, Titania’s Garden. On the floor, from left: Gold plain foil wrapping papers, £3.99 each, Studio.co.uk; Red gift box, £2, Flying Tiger Copenhagen; Botanical Robin snow globe, £20, Talking Tables; and Woodland Robin Christmas wrapping papers, £3 each, Laura Crow at Notonthehighstreet.com; Christmas Robin clip-on decorations and Emperor Penguin luxury, Candy Stripe, and London Snow wrapping papers, all as before; King and Queen penguin ornaments, £110 each, MacKenzie-Childs at Harrods.


Just a spoonful of sugar…

DETAILS Tartan Christmas cracker, £275 for six, Fortnum & Mason. I-Wares sugar bowl in Gold, £28, Seletti; bright gem cocktail picks, £50 for six, Joanna Buchanan; and Goa cutlery in Matt Blue Gold, £391 for a 24-piece set, Cutipol, all at Amara. Penguin Christmas collection teaspoon, in the sugar bowl, £21 for four; Penguin Christmas collection cake plate, £41.50 for four; and Celestial dinner plate, £64 for four, all Sara Miller London for Portmeirion. Disney biscuit gift box Spoonful of Sugar biscuits, £30 for 12, Lady Bakewell-Park at Notonthehighstreet.com. Forenza cotton-velvet mix in Lacquer Red 7558/02, used as a tablecloth, as before.


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Have we said it loud enough?

FURNITURE Branch dining table, from £1,539, Blu Dot at Heal’s. Hamilton Arm dining chairs, £250 for two; and Holborn chair, £350, all Next Home. Home Hotel bench, £4,364, Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform. For a similar chest of drawers, try Heal’s antiques department. Geometric marble stool, £595, William Yeoward. DETAILS Karma rug, £259, Woven. Luxury wreath, £25ft, Titania’s Garden. Round-topped Chinese bamboo birdcage, £195, Orchid Furniture. Jazz wall lamp, £210, Graham and Green. On the chest of drawers: Strata candlestick, £392, William Yeoward; Le Pingouin by Pablo Picasso print in a black stained ash frame, £90, King & McGaw; and tinsel tabletop tree, £10, B&Q. On the dining table: Tatra champagne/cocktail glasses, £85 for four, LSA International at Amazon; Gold dipped gin glasses, £24 for two, John Lewis; and Pomegranate-Blueberry cocktail mixer, £15, Williams Sonoma at Harrods. Cotton velvet cushion cover in Dark Pink, £6.99, H&M Home. Penguin cocktail shaker, on the stool, £35, Rockett St George.


Though your pillow’s soft and deep, you’re not sleepy as you seem; stay awake, don’t nod and dream…

WALLS Painted in Deep Green Sea premium blend V700 walls & ceilings paint, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar. FURNITURE Ming 24-drawer apothecary chest, £368, Shropshire Design. DETAILS Baroque floor lamp, £460, Nathan Yong for Ligne Roset at Harrods. Kiko decorative mirror, from £39.95; and wire Ferris wheel, on the chest, £79.95, both Nkuku at LillianDaph. On the chest, from left: Djungelskog panda, £10, Ikea; The Elf rosettes, from £11.95 each, Polar Post; Botanical Christmas lucky silver sixpence, £5, Talking Tables; and giant baubles, £4 each, Flying Tiger Copenhagen. In the drawers, from top: Christmas crackers, £20 for eight, Habitat; Ivory and Gold glitter gift tags, £3.49 for 10, Pipii; Sweet Santa teddy bear, £175, Steiff; and velvet Christmas wreath embroidery hoop, £40, Betsy Benn at Notonthehighstreet.com.


Spit spot!

WALLS Painted in Deep Green Sea premium blend V700 walls & ceilings paint, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar. FURNITURE Chichester single beds in Shell, on the left, £895; and Burnham Red, on the right, £1,025, both Neptune. DETAILS Stockholm 2017 rug in Striped Red, £270, Ikea. Single linen duvet sets in Indigo, on the left bed, and Tuscany, on the right bed, both £150; and Cherry cushion cover, on the right bed, £35, all The Conran Shop. Quilted velvet bed throws in Mustard, on the left bed, and Violet, on the right bed, both £125, Raj Tent Club. On the left bed: Velvet stocking, £45, Tinker Tailor; patch stickers, from £15 each; and Candy Cane stripe children’s pyjamas, £74.95, Yolke, all at Harrods; and Penguin cushion, £6, George Home. Soft toy polar bear cushion, on the right bed, £8.99, H&M Home. On the floor: Strolley, £79, Olli Ella; Runner ducks, £495 each, Andrew Martin; tree train, £30, Cox & Cox; and toy box push-along penguin, £17.50, Luna & Curious. Classic radiator in Ombré effect, from £426, Bisque. Christmas wall hanging stitch kit, £49, Cotton Clara at Notonthehighstreet.com. Metallic orb balloons, £4.50 each, Talking Tables. Kids Rule giant ruler height chart, from £115, Lovestruck Interiors. Practically Perfect in Every Way framed artwork, £195, Vintage Playing Cards. The Amen Chorus, from The Messiah by George Frideric Handel birch ply artwork, £480, Surface View.

Photography  ⁄  Oliver Perrott

Styling  ⁄  Lucy Gough

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