HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Home decoration is very personal to each and everyone of us. This is my way of making my Home beautiful over the festive period, that I feel happy to share with you. When we think of Christmas in this part of the world, we think wintery, cold crispy days, snowing outside & lit fireplace inside, and bold trees covered with frost. Every season has its beauty, and that is simply because it is nature’s blissful beauty that exudes through.IMG_3977

For those who love the spirit of Christmas as December comes around the corner, the excitement starts. Both kids and adults get into the festive spirit, the twinkle twinkle little stars starts to emerge. Christmas for many is a happy moment, spending family time, and for others it can be a very sad time as well – thinking of and missing loved one. Christmas is all about spreading good spirit; it’s not only time for presents and festive decorations.IMG_3986

I know there is always so much to do around this time of the year, shopping, buying presents, organising parties/dinners and on top of which having to decorate the house to receive families and guests. Lots of things to do within a short of period of time. But why leave everything at the last minute, I always ask myself why does everyone rush to the shop last minute, when you’ve had a whole year ahead to prepare. Throughout my journey I collect things that fascinate me which I find interesting and original, as you read through you will discover some of them…..several of which I have used to decorate my home which make me reflect on my year’s journey . IMG_3975

I know exactly what it means when people say they are busy, oh yes being in full time work, running my own business and juggling between my food blogging and my family life is a challenge. But may I say I love what I do and I would not like it any different – I like to keep myself busy, innovative and creative – that’s me in a nutshell. IMG_4022

I have always enjoyed home interior design, minimalistic and being creative with the way I decorate my Home and Xmas decorating is no different. So here I will give you an overview of the way I like to decorate my house with the bare minimum and using as much as natural, recycle and up cycling material. With a bit of imagination as quite honestly we are surrounded by a myriad of things that can be used for home decors and inject originality. IMG_3970 First thing I like to do before putting my Xmas decorations is to give my Home a good spring clean. This is something I have always done because I feel decorating my home is one way to spread the good spirit and in order to do that the house has to be clean and in the mood. I like to see clean decorations rather than mess around my decorated home. One good thing about Christmas is that it falls just the celebration of Diwali, and since having done a good spring clean before Diwali, when pre Christmas cleaning is due, it’s quite a doddle. IMG_3983

I am not a fussy one when it comes to Christmas decoration, by which I mean I don’t like over complicated decorations. I like to mix original handmade decoration with a few bought decorations. One thing I really like is my fairy lights, but I like dainty little fairly lights. I love my candles whether it being block candles, tapered stick or tea lights – I like them scattered around all the rooms in the house. Grouping of candles, baubles, pine cones, garland, soft lighting and sparkling accessories offer just the perfect feel for the seasonal Xmas and New Year ‘s feel. IMG_4029

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Starting off by decorating one of the main features of the Home – The Fire Place

The fireplace and the mantel is an eye-catching feature in a Home, so using this focus point is the perfect opportunity to personalize your decors. Decorating my mantelpiece reflects the way I decide to decorate my Home for Xmas. IMG_4027

Creating a beautiful mantelpiece with clean decoration and grouping some of the best accessories can be a master piece in itself. I love to place little candle sticks in front of my white “Toulouse” wide mirror – reflecting in the mirror giving the impression the lit candle is inside the mirror. As mirrors have great tendency of doubling the size of any room, thus creating a warm feel in a large space.

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This year I have chosen white fairy lights with little p earls as the light shines though the pearls, giving a very natural under water feel. Surrounded by personal items/objects that are simple and attractive can make the Home even more cosy. Here to add the touch of winter that stands out I have some white pearl that sparkles, glass, candles, and the lasting family photos.IMG_3996

If you do not have a fireplace, you can always decorate your console table with a garland; here I have a sophisticated simple pink mirrored and pearl garland bought from that embellishes one of my console table. I never remove family photos to put decorations; instead my decorations have to work around my treasured family photos.    

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I am not a fussy one when it comes to Christmas decoration, by which I mean I don’t like over complicated decorations. IMG_4004

 Hanging one focal decor in one corner on the mirror makes a focal eye catcher – as seen below the glittery willow star reflecting in the mirror looks stunning, almost like it’s emerging from the sky. 

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I like subtle colours and to add a bit of sparkle to the beautiful creamy white pearls, here I have incorporated more texture, colour and height to the decors with few pink snowflake or rather atoms-like Xmas tree hanging decorations. Placed them randomly around the white pearl lights.IMG_4022

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I never remove family photos to put decorations; instead my decorations have to work around my treasured family photos.    

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I have always enjoyed home interior design, minimalistic and being creative with the way I decorate my Home and Xmas decorating is no different. So here I give you an overview and a little glimpse of the way I like to decorate my house with the bare minimum and using as much as natural, recycle and up cycling material. With a bit of imagination, let’s face it and quite honestly we are surrounded by a myriad of things that can be used for home decors and inject originality.  IMG_3957

I like simplistic unfussy decorations easy to display and easy to remove afterwards – the less fuss the easier it is for me. I like to mix original handmade decoration with a few bought decorations. One thing I really like is my fairy lights, but I like dainty little fairly lights. I love my candles whether it being block candles, tapered stick or tea lights – I like them scattered around all the rooms in the house. IMG_4035

Grouping of candles, baubles, pine cones, garland, soft lighting and sparkling accessories offer just the perfect feel for the seasonal Xmas and New Year ‘s feel. IMG_3977

Natural Selection:

Natural tree branches make a big impact in home décor. There is something about wood that I really like, they attract me big time. I like the different shapes, colours, textures and the smell. Dried branches can be found everywhere, so whenever I find an unusual shaped piece of branch or wood I am intrigued but obviously I cannot take them all home. I always find something quite fascinating, the shapes can be so intriguing shows us how beautiful nature can present itself.

I never plan and believe me I never know how my decorations will end up turn into. One thing for sure is that my Xmas decorations will consist of the items I have collected in the summer. In doing so it gives me enough time to let woods/twigs/leaves naturally dry, get used to indoor optimum temperature all ready for my winter decorations. IMG_3955

Here are just things I have picked and collected while going for our weekend morning walks in the woods such as dead twigs, pine cones. Brought them home, my husband cleaned them using a dry brush, left them to dry and sprayed them with clear varnish (the varnish helped to reinforce and strengthen the twigs). IMG_4009

And here to recreate my indoor festive woods decorated with fairy led lights to recreate a glorious woodland look in my warm cosy room. You can achieve this effortless and simple look too, nothing extravagant it’s just simple nature treasures gathered and brought back to life. The dry twig carefully placed in a deep vase with other natural items – here I have coloured sand, pebbles and pine cones (painted in red, green). I find it creates such a relaxing, cosy mood.IMG_3973

Here I have this dried twig decorated with simple white led lights heart shaped and a few hanging decorations with light lilac pearls. The reflection of the light in the evening is blissful and so serene – This is where I like to sit on my little bench sipping a little sweet after dinner drink.IMG_4014

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My kitchen the hub of the house, feeling festive in my kitchen and that cannot be missed. Holiday spirit in the kitchen where most of the activity takes place in my household!!!!!! I take a lot of pride when I decide what to decorate my kitchen. The colour theme has to be precise, and guess what? My favourite of all burgundy red. I found these beautiful garlands, I think they are card holders as they have pegs on them, but I just hung them on my display cabinet. The red and combination gives the Christmassy feel alongside my kitchen treasured equipment.  IMG_3976

Display fairy light a splash back; light them up as the evening draws in and these lights gives an extra warm feel to the kitchen. The back drop of light while I am cooking gets me in the mood. All these costs very little and makes such a difference in this wintery weather. IMG_4046

I like to put small Christmas crackers on the shelves – crack them anytime and be merry. These looks so pretty scattered around the house, beautifully vibrant coloured wrapped Xmas crackers. IMG_4039

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