Our Creative Director, Larissa, shares her favourite festive traditions and decorating tips for the entertaining season:
"For me, simplicity is integral to a decorating scheme at Christmas as a pared-back, relaxed aesthetic - no matter the season - will always remain a perennial favourite of mine. Whether you choose to decorate your home extravagantly or in minimal proportions, sticking to a colour scheme, even if it is somewhat loosely, is always a great starting point for your festive decorating.
Your entrance hall should always be a primary focus, as this area is likely to leave a lasting impression on guests when they first arrive for revelries.
A small hallway can still hold a festive feel with a few timeless, simple updates; I always recommend making best use of horizontal surfaces instead of taking up limited floor space. From the hall console table to the tops of mirrors and photo frames these all surprisingly provide the perfect opportunity to dress with seasonal foliage.
Every year, I dress my mother-in-laws’ home with handmade displays and it’s become a bit of a tradition which I just adore. Holly, ivy and eucalyptus are just some of my favourites which lend themselves wonderfully when entwined around stair balustrades too.
Hang hand stamped linen stockings along your banister for each member of the family, or fill with special treats for your new arrivals. Remember that your decorations needn’t be static; move them around your home during the lead up to Christmas day, from next to a roaring fire and off furniture handles before they end at the foot of children’s beds on Christmas eve.
I always like to infuse my home with seasonal scents – I find that the hallway and dining room are the best places to introduce these, from sweet cinnamon sticks to orange and pine, plus a few scented candles to add to the decorative effect. Any foliage that you do use, be sure to mist with water regularly in order to keep it fresh throughout the festivities.
Mix up your guest bedroom schemes by introducing understated yet luxurious bedding in a colourway that complements shorter winter days. Linen looks wonderful when crumpled so this will save time spent on ironing in between guest turnarounds.
Equally throws, layered in various weights and textures, play a big part in my Christmas decoration. I use them to add a little dimension to a space and they serve well at bringing an element of cocooning warmth into any room. Switching to a higher tog or feather filled duvets for your bed will keep you and your guests cosy during cold nights.
A corner of a room, such as a living room, set aside for presents for both little and large will add to its magical feel. Layer the effect by wrapping each present with handmade decorations such as name tags and dried flowers, or even inserting a lavender bag in there for a scented surprise.
You could even wrap presents using fabric like a linen which is lightweight and so will manoeuvre a little easier to cosset gifts in comparison to a velvet fabric, for example. If a present is too large to wrap, drape with an offcut of linen and embellish away – I always love the reaction from my loved-ones when I opt for wrapping beyond the ordinary."
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