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Festive Tricks & Tips

Merry Christmas Everyone! If ever we needed a distraction from the doom & gloom going on in the world it's now. I normally put our decorations up after the first week of December but this year, it's today! For the first time ever the sparkle has arrived early. Whenever the time is right for you, ask yourself, are you tired of your Christmas decorations or are they just tired! If you fancy a different look for your home this season take a look at the latest trends and get inspired.

A beautiful wreath with copper and mink baubles, frosted pine cones and miniature copper bells. Get the look ……… buy a basic plain wreath, real or artificial and attach baubles by using paperclips through the top of the bauble hook and twist into the wreath and add as many or as little as you wish.

The traditional Christmas colours of red and green are still popular and will always give us that warm fuzzy Christmas feeling but you may be tempted to try an alternative look. For a more contemporary warm yuletide this season mix up everything metallic. Golds and silvers with the emphasis on copper and minks all make for a stunning warm feel.

Come on inside and be inspired!

Light up your hall and stairs with candles and fairy lights. These will add warmth and sparkle anywhere within the home and where nicer than your entrance hallway to welcome your Christmas visitors.

I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest bug-bares in this world of genius technology is the fact that we still have wires attached to things. So for me, and probably many of you, unravelling fairy lights is a bit of a challenge. How come, no matter how neatly you put them away every year, they are always twisted up when you get them out again!

Battery operated lights are the solution to wires & cables trailing all over the place and saving the electricity sockets from getting overloaded and potentially dangerous. You can buy cable-free fairy lights just about anywhere for a snip, from high street fashion outlets and DIY stores. Just be aware that different fairy light packs are not all the same & do not emit the same shade of light. Some have a white stark appearance and others have a warmer amber glow so whichever you choose, ensure that they all match to avoid disappointment ……… and make sure you stock up on batteries!

Check out the latest chic copper baubles & accessories! You can put these beautiful colours onto small

miniature twig-like trees in different rooms to sit on kitchen workbenches or anywhere in the house if you think your main Christmas tree doesn’t give you enough glitter and glamour.

@Interior Design

For me, winter is all about candles and none more so than at Christmas. Whether it be scented or un-scented, candles will always add a touch of glamour and cosiness to your interior.

@Frontgate

If you want to push the boat out this Christmas, don’t forget your table settings. Easily achieved by candles surrounded by a plain but classic garland and fairy lights. Remember less is more!

Christmas Accessories:

Let your imagination run wild. Have a go at painting twigs and pine cones in fabulous on-trend metallics of copper, silver and gold.

This will cost you virtually nothing and is a lovely thing to do with your children or even bringing the child out in you. You can get spray or potted metallic paint from B & Q, Hobbycraft or anywhere like that. Painting is a very therapeutic way to de-stress and you can sit back and admire your efforts. A glass of Prosecco and a mince pie might help your creativity ……… well any excuse, it’s Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all. Stay safe and see you next year!

Brigid