Remember when December used to feel really magical? The excitement of seeing Christmas decorations emerge from their annual hibernation, like the friends you see once a year as if no time has passed.
That feeling of magic may have faded slightly (or not), but either way there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had in preparing your home to impress during the party season.
Eschewing the garish and gaudy, we’ve picked out our favourite festive touches to add some seasonal pizazz to your pad.
Decorative Christmas Collection from Helena Rohner – from £18, Georg Jensen
These timeless and distinguished Christmas accessories by Helena Rohner from Georg Jensen will add a touch of Christmas sparkle to any corner of the home. Much to choose from, but the contemporary take on the door wreath (below) is our pick.
Handmade Christmas Decorations, £POA, Tanous Fine Art Frames
Wooden stars – £20, Number8
Number8 has been busy in the workshop designing these elegant hanging stars. Made from a range of wood including Birch Ply, Ash, Iroko, Beech and Douglas fir mainly salvaged from renovation and furniture projects, your picture hooks are most likely crying out for one.
Contemporary Star Rugs – from £400, Joshua Lumley
Joshua Lumley’s festive rugs take inspiration from rare antique rugs, giving them a beautiful rustic feel, but with a thoroughly contemporary star design. Available in three colours, each rug has the inverted colours on the reverse, so you can change your colour scheme with the seasons.
Wooden trees – £8, Number8
Inspired by treasures found in Finnish toyshops, there’s something nostalgic and instantly appealing about these handcrafted miniature wooden trees. Available with three eclectic prints on softwood.
Roden Christmas Tree Decorations – £8, Habitat
A staple of the Christmas tree, we love these striking glass baubles from Habitat. The combination of clear glass, bold colours and the fleck of the paint lends itself well to a dramatic effect with your Christmas tree lights for a modern look.
Above all, remember to keep things simple when choosing how to decorate. Stick to warm, bright lights (avoid the flashing LEDs) and aim to bring the best bits of winter into your home. You can’t beat the scent of a real Christmas tree, and foraging for winter foliage is an effective (and often cost-free) way to bring the festive spirit home.