Sunday, 6 December 2015

deck the halls

It's 19 days until Christmas! Don't panic if you haven't put up a tree yet though, or decided not to it because you don't have the room. Us Londoners especially are often pushed for space, you might live in a studio flat, or house share and only have one room to call your own, but that doesn't mean you can't get into the Christmas spirit and put up a little decoration. Here's a selection of small decorations and alternatives to the traditional six foot tree with all the trimmings.

1. Nordic Christmas Wreath £42, Waitrose
Get the fresh Christmassy scent of pine without the tree. Hang on the wall or on an internal door (using a Command Hook) for just a touch of Christmas.
2. Living Blue Spruce £20, Homebase
If you have even a bit of room, this diminutive tree (1.5-2 ft) is perfect. It could even perch on a table or spare stool to give a bit of extra height. If you have a garden or balcony, plant it outside and bring back in next year!
3. Christmas Tree Wall Sticker £35, Next
For super small or awkward spaces this removable wall sticker is a great alternative to a big tree. Put in the hallway, or in the living room and pop your presents underneath.
4. Glass Pine Cone Lights £18, Rockett St George
A clever no-tree alternative, just frame a window or door, or run along the top of a book case to give a festive glow.
5. Christmas Tree Shelves £45, Cox & Cox
Great for kids and adults alike, fill with little presents or toys for the little ones, candles or Christmas drinks for the adults.
6. Natale Flat Copper Tree £28, Habitat
A flat tree that can be placed on the top of a mantle, or  in a window sill, perfect for narrow spaces and a minimal look!
7. 6 Pinwheel Decorations £14 Rockett St George
Large decorations can really help a space look festive. Hang these from your ceiling or in a window and they will be still look great for your New Years party.
8. Pre-lit Paper Birch Tree £50, John Lewis
You can keep this minimal up well into the New Year (minus any decorations) as it just makes a good general winter decoration. The slim base means it's easy to tuck in between your furniture too.
9. Winter Pillar Botanical Candle £25, The White Company
Make this generously sized candle the centre of your coffee or dining table, not only does it look good, it will fill the air with a lovley woody winter scent for hours.
10. Winter Azaelea Standard £25, Interflora
Tress don't have to be the usual pine or spruce. This Winter Azaelea will carry on looking pretty right into 2016. 

I've decorated our flat for the first time this year, there's a real tree in the bay window, some large paper decorations over the dining table, and lots of candles. It really makes a difference and makes the long winter evenings feel cosy and less bleak. I think it's especially important when you rent to lavish a bit of attention on your home in the winter, after all, it's likely you'll be spending more time in side.

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