I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
My cottage has no room for an eight foot tree so I have several small Christmas trees and this year I am adding even smaller ones, in fact, I see the start of what could possibly become a collection.
Small trees should not be overlooked, grouped together they look effective and obviously take up limited space. Group different size trees on a side table, coffee table or mantelpiece. I bought two wee trees this year and I have been playing around with ideas to see how they might work with my theme of white and gold. If you want to start your own collection you could change the colour theme each year. Tip: Buy your trees and decorations in the Christmas sales for the following year as they will usually be half price. I bought these cute bottle brush trees recently from Bed Bath and Table.
More small tree inspiration…
Above: If you don’t have floor space for a tree, wrapping Rosemary around twigs to make this pretty tree is a novelty idea – Image via Make
Above: Paper trees – Via Seventy Nine Ideas who have some lovely ideas for paper trees – Photography Radostina for Soffa Magazine
Above: An adorable Christmas cake covered in white sprinkles and decorated with simple bottle brush trees – Image spotted on Pinterest
Make this Chocolate Christmas Cake from Ricardo Cuisine. Look for the the option at the top left hand side to change the language to English
Above: Miniature bottle brush trees in a whimsical table setting, more pretty images of this table setting can be seen at Cocoa and Kelly. If you have some time on your hands and want to make your own bottle brush trees, I found a tutorial on making vintage style bottle brush trees at Little Pink Houses
Decorating for Christmas can be fun, play around with your ideas until you think they look right. Don’t just limit your Christmas decor to your living area, bring a little Christmas cheer to your bedrooms too, especially if you are having guests stay over the holidays. If you want extra inspiration you might want to get a copy of Sandra Kaminski’s book, Christmas at Home which I featured on the blog last year. Sandra’s book is chock full of beautiful images of decorating ideas.