Like a lot of people, we spent some time at the weekend putting our tree up and adding some festive touches to our home. As we hung our decorations and draped the fairy lights around, it occurred to me that we were formally welcoming the beginning of Winter in all its sparkling, glittering glory, and so, rather sadly, once again bidding farewell to Autumn and its lovely mild weather and beautiful colours.
For me, it’s important to welcome in a new season with some subtle tweaks to my home decor, be it cosy cushions in Winter or vases of daffodils in Spring. A few weeks ago, with Christmas still a distant thought, I started shopping for some decorative winter additions for the home. I was on a mission to choose some ‘Hygge’ friendly pieces to make the house warm and inviting to festive visitors and I found some gorgeous homewares from my favourite high street stores that I wanted to share with you. Hopefully it will inspire you to think about your own home decor this coming season!
First off, some Christmassy pieces from one of my all-time faves, TK Maxx. I love this little glittery silver beaded ‘Peace’ hanging decoration, which could be hung on the tree, on a door handle or even at your front door. It is very similar to one I have seen at The White Company, but this one only cost £2.99!
I also picked up this cosy ‘Joy’ cushion in TK Maxx, which has lots of nice textures going on, with the sequinned lettering, embroidered flowers and felted fabric. At just £9.99, it has a lovely heaviness to it thanks to its feather-filled inner cushion and so it keeps its shape well. I love the tradition of swapping out lighter weight cushions and throws for sumptuous winter warming ones and hence couldn’t resist the cosy silver/grey faux sheepskin rug I found at Kukoon (formerly The Rug House). I’m using it as a sofa throw, however it could, of course, also be laid onto a tiled bathroom floor, in a bedroom for stepping onto first thing on a cold winter morning or layered under an armchair. I just love the added layer of texture it offers the room. (Incidentally, there is currently 20% off all rugs online at Kukoon with the code ‘KUKOON20’ so do take a peek).
I also picked up a beautiful Orla Keily inspired cushion for under a tenner from Dunelm. Loving the combination of ochre and grey at the moment.
When I was on holiday in Scotland over Hallowe’en half term, I popped into a House of Fraser store there to avail of their 30% off sale and I found some baubles and decorations that I knew would be just perfect for our tree this year. We decided to try to stick to a certain ‘look’ for the main tree, as our children are slightly older now and not as likely to move the decorations around every five minutes (I say this hesitantly!!) In any case, we have a smaller, potted tree for those ‘treasured’ handmade decorations, bless them…
So, this year, it’s a kind of Winter Wonderland theme, with lots of metallics, glass, winter whites and some touches of carved wood to keep it from being too glitterama and it adds a nice bit of texture too.
The large snowflakes are from House of Fraser and come in a box of 12. They are so sparkly when they catch the light! The bevelled glass bauble to the left is from a newly opened Danish store in Belfast called Søstrene Grene – so in love with that place!
The glittery ballerina below is also from House of Fraser, as are the silver baubles, which came in a set of 16, some shiny, some matt and some with a crackled finish.
I am really pleased with how the tree is looking. The different textures and shapes of the decorations make it really pleasing to the eye. If you’re sticking to a neutral colour palette, it’s important to mix up the shapes, sizes and materials of the various baubles to keep it interesting and effective. Also, warm white fairy lights will look more inviting than blue-white ones!
One thing’s for sure at this time of year and it’s that you can’t have too many candles about the place! They are an essential factor in creating ‘hygge’ (if you haven’t yet come across this majorly trending concept – read this!) and I can never resist new holders or votives to display my candles and tealights in.
Love this little copper and glass tealight ‘house’ from TK Maxx… because of the greenery in behind, I have used an LED tealight for safety purposes here! The ceramic house tealight holders are ones I picked up a couple of years ago from dotcomgiftshop (you can find them here).
And how adorable is this wooden reindeer candle holder?! I have it on the mantelpiece in the playroom as my youngest (5) loves playing with it (when it’s not lit, of course!!). Again, it’s from TK Maxx and cost just £1.99.
That was my mini shopping haul for this year (so far)! No doubt I will keep picking up bits and pieces as I complete my Christmas shopping. (One for you, one for me…!!)
Until next time…