My home Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018

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.

The kitchen

My Christmas decorations 2018

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.

My Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018^^look at that face^^

My Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018

My Christmas decorations 2018

Tree (pre-lit) (we bought in November last year when it was cheaper)

Beaded snowflake

Spun glass baubles (in the sale)

Beaded love

Winter candle

Glitter baubles (sale)

Silver glass bauble

Circular glass baubles


The living room

 

My Christmas decorations 2018

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!

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree stand

Mercury bauble (my full size versions are sold out but these are the mini versions)

Lauren Aston Designs chunky knit blanket

Wooden tray

Cox and Cox Garland and pine cone garland (gifted)

Snowflake stockings (gifted)

Reindeer and Christmas tree stocking holder (gifted)


Hallway

Christmas decorations 2018

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!

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Christmas decorations 2018

Similar paper decorations

Garland

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.

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9 Comments

  1. December 16, 2018 / 7:42 am

    You have such a beautiful home. I love your choice of decorations – classic and beautiful. Lovely!

    • greeneyed
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thank you so much Stacie, that is so kind of you to say!

      Wishing you a lovely Christmas xx

  2. December 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Claire your home looks SO beautiful and festive for the season!

    Lucky guests! Enjoy hosting!

    Monica x

    • greeneyed
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Aaah thank you SO much Monica, that means the world to me!

      Bring on the festivities now! x

  3. Ann-Marie
    December 17, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL x

    • greeneyed
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Awww thank you SO much! x

  4. lsagerton
    December 27, 2018 / 3:58 am

    Will you PLEASE, let us know the color names and brands of greys you’ve used?? I absolutely love them!!! Surely, I’m not the only one wondering this?

    • greeneyed
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      He he sorry! Didn’t mean to be sneaky but a blog post is coming in the NY! Buuuut, as you asked so nicely, the grey is Farrow and Ball Mole’s Breath and the off white on the cabinets is Little Green Tusk 🙂 I love both – the Tusk is also on my kitchen cupboards. xx

      • LSAgerton
        December 30, 2018 / 3:38 am

        ❤️Thanks so much for replying!!!! I absolutely love these colors. I’m so glad I found your blog.

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