Christmas - Deck The Halls

December 08, 2014

I love decorating the house for Christmas, things seem to sneak out of the loft earlier and earlier every year. Last year was our first Christmas in our house so I didn't really know where to put everything but this year I had a plan and ordered a few new bits to fill the spaces that looked bare last year. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I'm sure you've seen a few of these photos on Instagram already but here's a look at how our house is looking right now. My very own winter wonderland, there's nowhere else I'd rather be for the next couple of weeks! <3 
{Deck the Front Door...} 

I'm really pleased with my wreath on the front door this year which I made at a workshop hosted by my Wedding Florist. I'll share a post on it this week with some DIY tips, I was tempted to go for a more traditional red toned wreath but this goes so well with my front door colour. It's so nice to see the twinkly tree lights through the shutters as it gets dark. 

{Deck the Lounge...}

Where else would you go for Christmassy bits other than The White Company? Their Winter candle is my ultimate favourite at this time of year and I'm such a sucker for mercury/antique silver decorations. I also got some paper snowflakes to hang in the kitchen. {no this post is not sponsored or by any means endorsed by TWC although I wish it was...} 

We put our tree up last Saturday, it was pretty much a repeat of last year but it's a bit bigger and a better shape filling the room more this year. 

I love the mix of silvery and glass hearts, stars and different sized baubles all shimmering amongst the fairy lights. 

I decided that the fire needed something to Christmas it up a bit this year, I think the mantle is a bit too narrow for a garland on top but saw these sparkly jewels which would tie in with our tree decorations and hung them off some brown string across the fireplace. 

On top of the mantle sits three jewelled tea light holders from Cox and Cox and the before mentioned Winter candles next to a silver tree from Debenhams a couple of years ago in the sale. 

We've abandoned our log burner for December in favour of the open fire in the front lounge next to the tree. The Santa Sack is a new addition for this year, from By Alex, she's a lovely lady that I've got to know through Binky, our wedding photographer through Instagram. We had a By Alex fabric heart sent through with our wedding photos and then I discovered that she makes amazing Christmas products too, all handmade in England. I love this hessian sack that's personalised and has a big bow. It fits so many presents in too, better than a stocking if you've been good for Santa ;) and looks great next to the fireplace. 

Alex also makes these cute fabric baubles that can be personalised, I'm a sucker for anything with a bow and pretty festive fabrics. They'd make great presents or a gift for new parents. It's hard to find unique and handmade Christmas decorations with love in a world of mass produced 'made in China' plastic that seems to fill the high street. You can find more By Alex products on Not on the High Street or her website here. I'm eyeing up that festive bunting for my next order.. 

The sleigh and vintage ice-skates are new this year. I saw the ice skates before I knew what I wanted to do with them but knew they'd be perfect for Christmas. Ben treated me to them when we were shopping in Berkhamsted a few weeks ago and then I found the sleigh at an antiques market and knew they'd look perfect together. The sleigh is vintage with Davos stamped into it, I'm guessing it came from the Swiss ski resort. Super wintry and seasonal. Do you think we'll get any snow for me to use them?! 

I made this NOEL picture last Winter out of old Waddington's cards blue tacked on to brown paper and put in a frame. It sits one of the shelves in my lounge alcove next to a candle and bauble. 

{Deck the Hall, literally..}
Our hallway is the same as last year, with a light up reindeer purchased from The Spirit of Christmas fair, as discussed in this post, on the radiator cover and a garland going up the stairs. I need to hang some Mistletoe next weekend, it tends to wilt quite quickly so I don't want to buy it too soon. 

{Deck the Kitchen..}

The kitchen needed some extra sparkle this year, I got the NOEL last year from an American seller on Etsy and the bauble garland string is from Homesense a couple of years ago, they have some really nice Christmassy bits. The reindeer is from there too, I've got a real thing for reindeer this year.

A girl can never have too many tealights.. 

I'm mostly a silver and white kind of girl when it comes to Christmas decs but I needed some token of red and white. It is Christmas after all. So candy canes were the answer! A Poundland special nonetheless...

They're displayed on the island right now until they gradually get eaten by sweet toothed Ben. The glass dome and mirrored plate were new purchases from a little independent gift and interiors shop in the village. I couldn't resist buying the whole display, it looked so pretty filled with the baubles. These flowers are Columbia Road purchases from last weekend at the flower market, I love winter anemomes but once they go over I might go and forage for some holly and berries instead.

The dining room needed some more sparkle this year so I bought another set of fairy lights to brighten up the crates and I love them so much I think I'll keep them up all year. I'll probably have to take the snowflakes and pom-poms down when January rolls around though, they're definitely just for the Winter season.

I hung some snowflakes and paper pom-poms from the ceiling above our small dining table in the kitchen too although quickly discovered that it would take more than just white tack to hold these babies up. In the end it took fishing wire strung between the light fittings for them to stay hanging! 

An old, literally about 10 years old, Ikea heart light sits on the kitchen window illuminating Rudolph standing proudly on the table. Another Homesense buy a few years back. 

I need to start writing a Christmas countdown on the chalkboard. 

The house is going to look so so bare in January when all this lot has to come down! But there's a lot more twinkly, candle filled, fairy lit nights by the fire and tree to come for the next few weeks at least. 
What do you think? Are you a decoholic or a less is more kind of Christmas girl {or boy?}

R <3 xx 

{17 days to go! Today's video of the day - Imagine being at the Rockefeller Switch on!}

Disclaimer - I was sent the Santa Sack and baubles from by Alex but I would happily purchase them anyway. I would never feature anything on this blog that I don't honestly love and recommend.

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