Will and I love to host Christmas at our house and this year there will be 11 of us so I wanted to make sure the house looked the part.
I started putting the Christmas decorations up at the start of the month and have been adding slowly to them without much plan of what the end result would be. But I must admit I am pretty pleased with how it’s turned out! It is quite traditional with lots of foliage, berries and fairy lights and it all feels very festive.
Our Christmas decorations 2018
Here’s a little tour of what our house is looking like this Christmas – I got a little carried away with the camera it seems as there a lot of pictures! You can also find links of where I bought things below.
Since living with Will we have always bought real trees, but as the kitchen has underfloor heating and is pretty warm as a result, we can’t get them too early. However last year we decided to get a fake one for the kitchen then we wouldn’t need to worry about it dying early. It went up on December 1!
I love the Christmas decorations in this room to be a beautiful mix of glass, silver and whites and I have been slowly building up my baubles over the years. The baubles are all from various places including The White Company, M&S, B&Q, Notcutts Garden Centre, Ikea and Neptune. Each year we add in a couple of special ones normally from a European Christmas market which we try to get to each December.
I love how elegant it is and it makes such a statement as you walk in to the room. It’s probably worth mentioning how delighted I was to finally get a large tree skirt this year. Last year all the large ones available were sold out so this year, come October I was ready to pounce! For those with large trees, The White Company’s is pretty big and fits my 7.5ft tree a treat but it is now sold out again.
In the rest of the kitchen I have kept the decor pretty minimal. I’ll decorate the table on the day, but until then I have a large vase of fragrant eucalyptus and a bowl of pine cones. I love pine cones and have them dotted around the house in vases and bowls for Christmas decor – so cheap and effective! If you are a DIY-er you can paint the tips white for a really festive look.
Of course I have a Winter candle on the go at all times in December, and you can see the other candles that I have on repeat here.
^^look at that face^^
Tree (pre-lit) (we bought in November last year when it was cheaper)
Spun glass baubles (in the sale)
Glitter baubles (sale)
The living room
This year I went a bit more all out in here than usual. The tree in this room is real and controversially I skipped our usual trip to the tree farm as my work colleague was going to Ikea and very helpfully picked one up for me! It is a beauty and I can’t believe it was only £25 with a £20 voucher to spend in store in the New Year! I’m converted. I wonder if I can convince her to pick my tree every year!
I didn’t have many baubles left and didn’t really want to spend a fortune buying a whole tree’s worth so I snipped some heads off a hydrangea bush that we have in the garden and poked them in to the tree along with two types of fresh eucalyptus. They are the most gorgeous colour. Both of the flowers and leaves will dry but I think that will only add to the rustic charm. I absolutely love how wild and natural it looks and the colour combo in the dark grey room is perfect.
For the fireplace I have a gorgeous garland, which was gifted from Cox and Cox (and now seems to now be sold out) and intertwined this gorgeous pinecone garland around it. I’ve added some candles and more hydrangeas to tie it in with the tree.
Cox and Cox were kind enough to send me the snowflake stockings and the reindeer and tree holders. I absolutely adore them! They are all in the sale now if you fancy getting a bargain to add to your decor and I can’t recommend them enough. I have had them up since November and I love them.
I have moved my little twiggy side table in to the living room by the fireplace and added some festive berries and candles to it which makes the room look extra glowy. On the other side of the room have filled a vase with cotton branches.
The eucalyptus, berries and cotton were all from Ava Event Styling who opened up a little festive pop up shop just around the corner from my house. It can be so hard to buy non-traditional flowers and foliage in Birmingham so I am hoping they will do it more regularly. I promise to be a good customer!
Mercury bauble (my full size versions are sold out but these are the mini versions)
Cox and Cox Garland and pine cone garland (gifted)
Snowflake stockings (gifted)
In the hallway I have added some garland to the fireplace and up the stairs and some paper honeycomb decorations. I must admit, I was totally Insta-fluenced on these. I saw them in someone’s home on Instagram last year and bought them in the January sales to use this year. They are not my usual style I guess, but I really like how fun they are not to mention create big impact and don’t cost too much!
It is so hard to photograph this room as despite its really great proportions it is so dark especially when the weather is as gloomy as it has been!
I haven’t added Christmas decorations in the bedrooms this year (See last year’s guest bedroom decoration here) but will of course be layering up the beds with cosy blankets and I might try and get some cosy hot water bottles to keep our guests warm in this chilly Edwardian house!
So, do you like my Christmas decorations this year?
Thank you to Cox and Cox for gifting me the items mentioned. I absolutely adore their Christmas collection and always buy something (many things!) from them each year.