Little Wood at Christmas {The Decorating Post}




That holly though.  I frickin’ live for this you guys!

Christmas is here!  Well it really feels like it this week in our house anyway.  Care of last weekend, we have fairy lights and foliage. (Do you know those moments when you realise you’re really, properly, bonafide grown up?  Talking about foliage is one of those for me.  And knowing what a cyclamen looks like.  Give me a sec and I’ll educate you too! If I’m heading down the slippery slope to middle age, I’m dragging you with me. 🙂 )

We also have two pretty trees, and despite the fact that the majority of the decorations are hung at ten year old height and below, I’m still really happy with how they turned out. I’m confident that the top of the tree will get decorated by the time Eva’s eighteen or so. Maybe?

Seasons of life, eh?

Anyway, I wanted to put together a post with a few pictures from around our home this year.  Apologies if a few of these are overlapping with earlier posts, but I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place, under a bit of a decorating theme.

Our home was photographed for a 2016 Christmas edition magazine on Tuesday, so I availed of it being extra tidy and took a few snaps myself.  I really hope you like them!










^^ Cyclamen!  The sweetest little Winter plant.  I popped a few of them alongside some hyacinth baskets on our kitchen dresser (find them in M&S!)  The plant pots and Zinc jug and bucket are from Ebay, and the assorted glassware is from Laura Ashley, Ebay and H&M.  I’m always collecting unusual little pieces, and have a whole cupboard devoted to bits and bobs.

And can we take a sec to appreciate hessian Ernie? I absolutely love him (almost as much as the real deal!)  He’s from Gisela Graham.

The lovely journalist that was interviewing me asked about our décor theme, and it only just occurred to me that I suppose I kind of subconciously went for a bit of a potting shed theme this year.  I wanted something with more of a Winter feel, that we could maybe keep on into the New Year, and adapt as the seasons changed. I’ve been massively loving all the Scandi Christmas images on Pinterest this year, and the pared back, natural look is one that I think suits our country home.  We brought in branches for above our table too, and Mr M covered them with wire LED lights from Asda before I hung some silver and gold baubles on them.  The kiddos said it was like eating dinner under the stars, and I really love that!  We are having some special guests to visit over the holidays, and I hope they’ll love the dining experience too! 🙂







If you’ve been following for a while you might remember this as the advent branch from last year.  It stays here all year round now, and I decorate it seasonally.  For this festive season I repurposed an old wreath we had, cutting off all the red embellishments and adding a hessian and lace bow.  Alongside tealights in jam jars, suspended by string, some seasonal cuttings (Rosemary and Holly) and beautiful glass baubles from Laura Ashley, it fits in perfectly with the whole look I think.








Out in the hall I kept things a bit more traditional with a gorgeous garland from Laura Ashley, lots of gold, glass and silver, and this beautiful carved horse that I found in TK Maxx (which, FYI is now online! Too exciting!)  My horsey friend is now reduced in price, so find him here if you’d like one too!







More Holly!  I got this box up top, a while back on Ebay, but I’m pretty certain you’d still find it if you have a search.  I filled it full of holly we foraged and it’s sitting pride of place on our fireplace!






I know I talked about this a little already, but I’m still obsessed with this little branches tree from Amazon.  Such a simple idea (and I’m certain you could probably make it yourself if you were so inclined!) but I love how cute it looks in our playroom with its little colourful decorations.  The coloured baubles and mushrooms are from Ikea, car is from Asda and the wooden letters are from Anthropologie.









I’m not normally one for decorating upstairs but I’ve been working with Asda this month and they sent me this really gorgeous bedding.  I used it in the kids bedrooms, and love how they turned out.  You’ll be able to see my full post for them very soon!

I’ve still to edit that decorating video that we made, so I’ll leave the big tree reveal and proper room shots until then.  I’m hoping to get a chance to post it very soon!

And if you’d like to see a little more on our festive home you can check out my post for the Laura Ashley blog here.

It has been Christmas overload here this past week or so, but I love it!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year folks.

And did I mention the holly? 😉


E x







  1. Helen
    December 10, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    Little Wood looks amazing Emma – the perfect country Christmas retreat. You really have such an eye for interiors.

    I’ve just had a look at your equally lovely Laura Ashley blog too and need the Christmas pudding tights that your girls are wearing for my two. Where did you find them?x

    • Emma Martin
      December 10, 2015 / 9:00 pm

      They are just from Next Helen! Thank you so much lovely xx

      • Helen
        December 11, 2015 / 1:17 pm

        Thank you 🙂

  2. December 10, 2015 / 8:53 pm


    Your home is just wonderful with lovely simple classic decorations… I have been out foraging in the hedges but all the holly with berries are gone already.. birds must have been hungry. Looking forward to seeing your other tree and room

    All things nice…

  3. December 10, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    You really do have a stunningly beautiful home Emma, I can’t wait to see your video! X

  4. December 11, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I want holly! This is stunning as always lovely Em. Gorgeous, gorgeous. Thank you for sharing pics of beautiful Little Wood. x x

  5. December 11, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Oh so BEAUTIFUL…. please please get your own home interior store and design homes for a living so we all can buy it all and have beautiful homes like yours darling. This is stunning. I love everything you have decorated. I love your stunning home. You are so talented and creative. I wish I could have this style in my house but it’s a new build and just doesn’t work with the home style. I love the shabby chic country look.

  6. December 11, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    That’s it Emma. I think I’d like to come and live at your house please! I absolutely LOVE the hanging jam jars/baubles idea! It looks a dream. Enjoy!!

  7. Rachel Irwin
    December 18, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Hi emma, do you have a link for the branch Christmas wall tree on Amazon? I’ve looked but can’t seem to find it! House is looking beautiful!

    • Emma Martin
      December 18, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I looked it up there Rachel but they must be sold out now as it’s not coming up. Sorry about that! Cox and Cox also had them, as did Not on the High Street. Maybe worth a look? xx

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