Christmas is fast approaching, Mariah has made her November debut and the John Lewis seasonal special has aired, it's time to get our homes ready for the festive season. I adore this time of year, I am one of those people who wishes it could be Christmas everyday.
But when it comes to decorating it's about more than a few baubles and some fairy lights. Christmas is a feeling and to really tap into that you need to surround yourself with the things that give you all of the warm fuzzy vibes.
For me that starts with putting my big girl pants on and braving the spiders in the loft. There's nothing better than dusting off the box of treasured decorations and filling your home with happy memories. I also love mixing the old with some new, so I'm sharing my favourite Christmas additions this season.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Lighting is so important as the nights draw in. Light can be layered and ambience created in the form of candles and twinkling lights. I like to add a bold statement with a shot of neon. These cute balloons from bag and bones (opens in new tab) come in two different colours, pink and white and red and blue.
LET THERE BE A WARM WELCOME
The festivities start at the front door in our home with Christmas spilling outside too. I’ve never been a huge fan of a home lit up like a fairground but I am partial to a good door wreath. This chunky knit wreath from Mizzknits (opens in new tab) is a beautiful alternative to more traditional foliage offerings.
LET THERE BE FUN
If a bauble (opens in new tab) puts a smile on your face it’s worth a second look.
That's exactly what happened when I clapped eyes on these beauties from W.A Green (opens in new tab).
LET THERE BE SPARKLE
Nothing adds a bit of sparkle like a disco ball and this one from Rockett St George (opens in new tab) is a beauty, but remember: a disco ball is for life, not just for Christmas.
LET THERE BE PATTERN
A good feed means a lot of dishes to wash up. I have a thing for tea towels, if they are on display then they may as well be gorgeous and this offering from Eleanor Bowmer (opens in new tab) is certainly that.
LET THERE BE A BANG
Leopard print crackers (opens in new tab)?It’s a yes from me.
LET THERE BE PEACE
There is no better feeling than giving and this gorgeous charity advent calendar (opens in new tab) does just that. Each day reveals the new charity recipient, it’s a smashing idea.
LET THERE BE FIZZ
We all deserve a treat right? Well, 'tis the season after all. This bottle (opens in new tab) will adorn the finest of bar carts.
Merry Christmas to you all, may it be full of joy, happiness and mince pies. And of course, let there be snow.
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