You have guests coming at some point over Christmas and you’re wishing your home looked a bit more inviting? Interesting? In fact, whether there are guests coming or not, you’d like your home to feel a bit special at this time of year.
It’s not just about the Christmas decorations: I feel like making my home feel more ‘hygge’, or presentable, is a little treat for me too. So here are some ways to reanimate your home this Christmas.
It might be the smallest room in the house, but it’ll be oft’ frequented when you’ve got a houseful. Get creative and capture the key elements of your interior style.
For instant updates, replace plain mirrors with more ornate or quirky ones. Add pops of colour with brightly coloured or patterned hand towels. Position statement plants such as orchids on windowsills. If you’ve got the time and fancy going for a complete transformation, why not redecorate your room with a statement wallpaper or bold paint.
It’s time to get the guest room ready. It feels so welcoming to open the door to a clean, organised room. You can be the host with the most by thinking ahead.
It is a good time to invest in curtains or blinds to help keep out the daylight and any draughts, as well as giving your guests privacy. All our curtains are handmade and we have a huge selection of fabrics to choose from. It’s when winter hits that you realise how valuable well made curtains are: and having them lined is a must for keeping rooms warm.
When it comes to choosing bedlinen, go for neutral colours that can be accessorised with colourful cushions and throws to make a room feel stylish but inviting. I really love the selection of throws by Designers Guild, and they’d also make wonderful Christmas presents! Next Home and M&S Home on the high street also have great ranges to suit every colour scheme & style.
Bath towels neatly folded on the bed instantly give a hotel feel when guests arrive. Many of the supermarkets have reasonably priced ones these days that will be fine for occasional guest use. And if you travel alot, you might have a stash of spare toiletries you can pop on top: although you can’t go wrong with a chocolate either!
I do love an extraordinary chair. It’s a great feature to add to a quiet corner or to enliven a living room. There are so many beautiful, textured fabrics available this season; I’d go for patterns, bright colours and velvet for a luxurious feel.
The ‘Casablanca’ fabrics collection from Designers Guild has rich velvets and textured weaves which will look wonderful and yes, they’ll create a talking point!
Traditionally the place to relax after a full Christmas dinner. My aim is always to replicate those festive Christmas scenes around the fire. Now is a good time to give your curtains, rugs or sofas a clean, and a super-quick revitalising solution? New throws.
Think about your lighting – maybe your room would benefit from an extra table lamp or perhaps create a talking point by adding a statement light. Jim Lawrence do some beautiful, classical pieces. Type ‘lighting’ into Google and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Invest in key pieces of furniture that will be useful such as a coffee table or nest of tables. You needn’t spend a fortune; with the great range of furniture paints available now; it’s easy to upcycle secondhand and vintage pieces if you’re so inclined.
Finally, don’t forget to accessorise. Adding new colourful cushions or a sheepskin rug will give comforting ‘hygge’ to any room. Ensure the log basket is well stacked (this in itself looks so lovely) and I love adding Christmas baubles or decorations to them (not to be thrown on the fire of course!)
For added opulence; invest in good-quality scented candles. One of my favourites is Jo Malone, Pomegranate Noir (available in Fenwicks). TK Maxx home is also a great place to pick up a reasonably priced designer candle and the shelves will be full of them right now.
The final touch is adding all the Christmas trimmings. Deck the halls, and it’s wonderful to bring more of the outside in, by doing something as simple as winding a garland down the banisters of the staircase.
My favourite decorations are handmade door wreaths, twigs in vases decorated with fairy lights and pinecone arrangements. If you’re not particularly creative or are short on time, there are plenty of Christmas markets around where you can pick up these kinds of items as well as other handmade gifts. The Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market host a fantastic one (held on Sat 25th & Sun 26th November this year).
And it’s definitely too early to be saying ‘Happy Christmas’, but I will say: happy home-making!