Quite literally today too!
Our hallway, although not massive, is one of my favourite parts of the house (you can do a little tour of it here if you’d like to!)
I’m sure I’m maybe not the only one who factors in where the Christmas tree will go, as one of the major deciding factors in a new house. In every previous house purchase we made, this was a real and serious concern. I mean, what does it matter if the whole kitchen needs replaced and there’s a bit of a fusty smell, as long as you can fit a 7 footer, right?
It may be a short term thing, but for those four blissful weeks a year, I’m a happy lady to share my space with all things fir-like.
And my dream had always been to have a hall with the tallest tree we could fit.
Last year (our first in Little Wood), we went all out, and picked a giant 11ft wonder. It was stunning, but honestly the most extravagant thing we have ever spent money on. A fortune for something that essentially became very overpriced firewood.
So this year we reined it in a bit, and invested in a beautiful 7ft artificial number, which will see us through many years to come. I’m definitely a real-tree girl at heart (the smell, right?), but I am really delighted with this alternative. You honestly wouldn’t be able to tell, and it’s the best one we came across (and I looked at MANY!)
For those of you that are interested, the brand of this is NOMA. If you are local, we bought ours in Woodlawn Garden Centre, but they are also sold in Selfridges and Debenhams too.
For a brilliant budget option, we also considered the Tesco Luxury Regency Fir tree. It was a very real contender, and such a brilliant price too. My lovely (and VERY stylish) friend Becky has this one, if you want to see it in action!
I had really considered a garland from The White Company for our fireplace – and by ‘considered’ I do mean that my finger hovered over the checkout button on more than one occasion. But when I unpacked our decorations, and looked back at photos from last year, I still really loved the simplicity of using baubles instead. The colour scheme out here is definitely on the cool side – white, silver and the softest gold, mixed with some glass for sparkle. This wreath normally resides on our front door year round, but I brought it in for here when I put up our festive one. I love the twiggy look against the shimmer of the wallpaper and the little mercurised glass tea light holders from Next. The wreath was from EBay last year, but I’m sure you could pick up similar this year too.
The star on the tree, and little glitter letters are all from M&S. I think these letters are actually meant for gift wrapping, but I loved the idea of having the kids initials on the tree too. I see from IG that many of you had the same idea!
Our most special decoration (placed way up high, out of reach!), is this glass Tinkerbell bauble that we bought in EuroDisney a few years ago. It is so pretty and twinkly, and although I’m not a huge fan of themed decorations, this one definitely made the cut. We also have two gorgeous ceramic baubles on our big tree which we bought in New York ten years ago now. They always remind me of that amazing, magical Christmas trip!
It’s all very low key in the playroom (toys take up most of the space!), but we do have a little pre-lit tin tree (I think this was from B&Q, but we have had it for years), and I filled a birdcage from Dunelm Mill with bright baubles from Ikea for the other window ledge.
Our fairy lights in here are up all year round, but look even more festive at this time of year. These we bought in France but I know that We Are Maven in Belfast also sell them, and you can get similar ones from Cable&Cotton too.
This little knitted Christmas tree was from Next a couple of years ago, and I bought it the year we were in house transit with this room in mind. I love it!
And that is Little Wood bedecked!
We are really enjoying our festive home – it feels so cosy and much more settled this year. Mind you, that hasn’t stopped me thinking ahead to a few updates for the New Year.
Watch this space!