White, gold, glass and greenery. My colours this Christmas. I don’t usually ‘theme’ my decorations, nor do I generally buy new, but this year I have made the decision of leaving most of our Christmas decorations in the box.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the memories of Christmas past, baubles from far flung places, little salt dough decorations made by pudgy toddler hands, and more. But this year, I have decided I need clarity, simplicity, light and brightness in the house. I’m taking inspiration from those Scandi sisters who do mid-winter so well.
Each year I enjoy making a few hand-made paper items. Last year, my Christmas make was a gold shimmering wall hanging made of circles and thin white wire – it shimmered in the breeze and caught the candle light so beautifully.
This year my inspiration came from a pack of white card star labels which I bought for the Advent crown. I simply strung them together using acrylic wire, adorned the tree with it.
Our tree came from B&Q – I’ve never thought of buying from a large store before, always cutting down our own or purchasing from the school fair. But this year I wanted to get a tree that was sustainable, and one that came potted with it’s roots, I like the idea of keeping our little tree each year.
Whilst I was there, I picked up some warm white LED lights, and discovered these white wooden stars. My tree was coming together. Back home, Dan placed the pot inside a white plant pot, and we raised the tree (ours is 4ft) up on to my desk, well out of the way of the cats.
Over the coming days I hope to gather greenery and string up garlands to adorn windows and mirrors. Our front door has been given a lick of grey paint (covering up the yellow) all ready for the wreath.
As much as I love a full on Christmas decorated house, I can’t stand the clutter… so a few simple garlands, candles and the odd favourite thing will surface. I can’t wait to share you more soon.
How are you decorating this year? Full on tinsel-tastic grotto or white simplicity?
Thank you to B&Q for gifting us with the tree and decorations.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.