Deck the Halls…

And the front room… Toy room… Kitchen… Downstairs loo (I jest, though there may be a festive candle holder and a Christmassy smelling room spray knocking about in there).

I get asked all the time about where I get my interiors bits and pieces from, so in the spirit of a true lifestyle blogger (I feel that I fail miserably at this most of the time you know!) I thought I’d share some little festive ideas and best buys with you today.
As someone a bit obsessed with interiors, I spend a lot of my downtime looking at homewear catalogues and magazines. You can imagine how many I collected when we were designing Little Wood from scratch! I especially love the Christmas editions though, and really long for a home decked top to toe in The White Company or Cox and Cox.
But Christmas is an expensive enough time and splurging on very costly decorations seems much too extravagant, so here’s how we have achieved our own version of these chic, festive interiors at a much lower price point!

A Festive Country Kitchen…


I love anything rustic or natural looking, and pieces like these seem to fit really well with our Industrial, country style kitchen/sunroom open-plan area. Without even realising, I gathered up some older bits and pieces along with the newer bits I had bought, and realised that we had a bit of a twiggy theme going on this year.

You can see how we made our Advent branch in steps one and two here.

These little twiggy Christmas trees are from Homebase, and I have used two of them on our dining table, along with simple white ceramic and tin candle holders from Homebase and IKEA. I love the contrast of the patterns and textures.

I transformed our Thankful Tree into a December version with the tiniest of Christmas decorations scattered across the twigs. The little elves and mushrooms are from IKEA (they have some gorgeous, really low-cost little bits!) and the others are vintage decorations that we have gathered over the years (try EBay and charity shops for similar!)

I bought the heart wreath from Next last year. They do have very similar versions this year too! And the berry garland was from a local garden centre a good few years ago now. I have seen them recently in Dobbies too though.

To jazz up our dresser I hung a little dove garland from Birchcraft. And I made this centrepiece using a wooden crate I got from EBay, some faux pine branches from M&S, little glass acorns from Matalan, and white Church candles from Ikea.  It is casual and not too perfect, and I love the rustic look of it against the worktop and cream background.

Our real Christmas tree is from Greenmount Christmas Tree Farm, and we always choose a sheared Norway Spruce. It is not known for being the longest lasting of all the trees, and it definitely drops its pines, but nothing beats the perfect Christmas tree shape for me. Ours have lasted so well in previous years – always remember to water them every few days, and mix some sugar in with your water too! They also love lemonade, if you have any going spare (a tip I learnt on This Morning years ago, and it really works!)

I adore candles all year round, but even more so at the darkest time of the year. My top tip is always buy your candles in IKEA – they are so cheap and have the longest burn time of all the budget ones I have tried. 100 tea lights are a mere £1.65 -amazing!
If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll have seen this coffee table arrangement in many different guises over the past few seasons. For Christmas though, I’ve kept it simple with a lantern from Dobbies, some jam-jar tea light holders (Bonne Maman jars are too pretty to throw out. Use them for flowers in the Spring/Summer and candles in the Winter!), and more acorns and gold and silver baubles.
I also must mention this gorgeous IKEA lantern which sits at our French doors. I love the fret-work on it, and we picked up this LED candle for inside it too. So impressive when lit, and no risk of wax leaking over our hardwood floor!

I adore soft furnishings, and particularly all things knitted in the Winter time. I have been loving this knitted fleece blanket from Next for the past few months now, and really urge you to get one if you are a blanket fan! We keep ours beside our favourite armchair and knitted footstool, in a little grey basket.

My kitchen scent of choice for the Winter is always spice, and I’m currently using Greenleaf radiator sachets in Hope and burning Yankee Candle’s Cinnamon Stick. Between this and the smell of pine from the tree, it’s the perfect cosy kitchen smell!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of our downstairs decorations – the hallway and playroom. I’m hoping next year our grown-ups lounge will be finished too, and I have an excuse to decorate another room! (*Mr M rolls eyes) 🙂

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      8 Comments

      1. December 10, 2014 / 5:32 pm

        Such a pretty cosy house Emma.
        The radiator sachets look interesting but they are based in the US; did you buy from them direct or have you managed to find a UK supplier? X

      2. December 10, 2014 / 5:54 pm

        I get them through a UK website homeofhomefragrance.co.uk Sarah. Amazon also sell them too! Xx

      3. December 10, 2014 / 8:46 pm

        I’ve sighed through the whole post, Emma! It all looks so beautiful. You’ve a gorgeous home, and I really like how you’ve decorated it all. And yes, you always need a deliciously scented candle to set the mood of the season! x

      4. December 10, 2014 / 9:26 pm

        Your house looks so cosy and inviting and relaxing Emma! Looking forward to seeing the other rooms now 🙂

      5. December 10, 2014 / 10:04 pm

        It all looks so, so lovely. I want to come and snuggle under the blanket and admire all the tea lights x

      6. December 11, 2014 / 12:04 am

        Oh I love your home, can you come and make mine all pretty?! x

      7. December 13, 2014 / 10:09 pm

        Oh Emma! I am loving all the twiggy bits! I love anything rustic and natural too. Candles are so important and yours look fabulous! xx

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